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Eskom probed for pollution breaches

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Eskom is being investigated over what the government says are breaches in environmental rules by the state power utility.

“We have started investigations into certain individuals at Eskom,” Frances Craigie, a director of enforcement at the Department of Environmental Affairs, said.

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050910 Electricity pylons carry power from Cape Town's Koeberg nuclear power plant July 17, 2009. South Africa will need 20 gigawatts (GW) of new power generation capacity by 2020 and would require double that amount a decade later to meet rising demand, the country's power utility said September 7, 2009. Picture taken July 17, 2009. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings (SOUTH AFRICA ENERGY BUSINESS)

In one example, Eskom's Camden power station east of Johannesburg broke air and water pollution guidelines, she said.

The department would investigate possible criminality by some Eskom employees, Craigie said, declining to elaborate.

Eskom spokeswoman Hilary Joffe said on Friday that many issues at Camden had been fixed and others needed to be addressed through longer-term projects.

The company had yet to review an enforcement report released by the department, Joffe said. - Bloomberg

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