Rwanda incinerates toxic PCBs

APA-Kigali (Rwanda)

Fear of the health risks caused by Polychlorinated Biphenils (PCBs), a toxic chemical product, prompted Friday Rwandan authorities to incinerate hundreds of litres of the pollutant oil, an official source confirmed in Kigali.

Rwanda is the second country in Africa to undertake the incineration of PCBs, after Morocco. PCBs were widely used in the construction industry from about 1970 until the late 1980s. Rwanda has restricted their use in construction materials since 2014.

The Rwanda Environmental Management Authority (REMA) said the activity was conducted through a project supported by the UN agencies and Rwanda's Green Fund.


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