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Zimbabwe’s Green Fuel Ordered to Curb Pollutants, Chronicle Says

May 31 (Bloomberg) -- Green Fuel (Pvt) Ltd., a closely held Zimbabwean ethanol producer, has been ordered to restrict pollutants released into the local water supply from a $600 million plant built without the consent of the Environmental Management Agency, the Chronicle said.

Effluent from the 120,000 liter-a-day plant is affecting livestock, the Bulawayo-based Chronicle said on its website, citing Petronella Shoko, a director at the environment agency. The facility was constructed under a Build, Operate and Transfer agreement with the Agricultural and Rural Development Authority, known as ARDA, the Chronicle said.

The plant in the Chisumbanje district isn’t producing fuel currently because of weak demand for ethanol-blended gasoline, the Chronicle said. No one responded immediately to three calls to Green Fuel’s headquarters in Harare today seeking comment.

To contact the reporter on this story: Brian Latham in Johannesburg at blatham@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Antony Sguazzin in Johannesburg at asguazzin@bloomberg.net.

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