Nine petrol stations have been shut down by the National Environment Management Authority (Nema) for operating without an effluent discharge certificate, as reported by the Kenya News Agency (KNA).
In a routine operation conducted earlier this week, filling stations including Total Energies, M’Big and National Oil were closed for non-compliance with Nema regulations.
“This inspection is a country-wide exercise and I urge those operating outside Nema requirements to move with speed and comply,” Bungoma County Nema Director Vincent Mahiva said.
The director added that the routine exercise is also targeting hotels, shops and bakeries to ensure public safety.
He cautioned that those who go against the laid down regulations risk a jail term of between 2 to 4 years or a fine of KShs 2 million to KShs 4 million.
Similar operations by Nema are ongoing in Webuye, Kimilili, Mt. Elgon, Chwele, Tongaren, Sirisia and Bumula.
Sam Oduor is the editor-in-chief at the Western Kenya Times who leverages the power of the Internet in telling stories that shape opinions.