Zimbabwe has developed a national implementation plan on Poly-Chlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) that will see the country benefiting from a US$7.7 million regional PBCs grant aimed at eliminating persistent organic pollutants mostly found in electrical transformers scattered throughout the country.
National Project Coordinator for Persistent Organic Pollutants in the Ministry of Environment, Water and Climate, Mrs Farai Magadzire said the workshop held in Harare on the disposal of PCBs is being conducted after a national survey revealed that eight percent of more than 42 transmitters in the country contain PCBs that are dangerous and harmful to both people and the environment.
Mrs Magadzire said Zimbabwe seeks to be a pacesetter in eliminating PCBs and hopes to get more funding from the regional fund that is allocated depending on the country’s PCBs elimination programmes.
PCBs belong to the highly hazardous group of chemicals referred to as persistent organic pollutants.
The move to eliminate PCBs is in line with the Stockholm Convention signed and ratified by Zimbabwe.