June 3, 2019 / 1:49 PM / 5 months ago

ArcelorMittal's South Africa unit to face emissions charges

FILE PHOTO: ArcelorMittal plant is seen in Vanderbijlpark, an industrial city south of Johannesburg, South Africa, November 21, 2017. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - ArcelorMittal’s South African unit said on Monday it had received a summons instituting criminal proceedings for three charges relating to transgressions of its atmospheric emissions license at its Vanderbijlpark operations.

The charges relate to allegedly conducting certain activities without the emissions license and failure to adhere to the license.

If found guilty the company, majority-owned by ArcelorMittal, said it could face a fine of up to 15 million rand ($1.04 million).

The company said that it had obtained legal advice and would adhere to the relevant legal processes.

“The company remains committed to focusing on and improving its social, economic, financial and environmental performance to ensure a sustainable organization,” it said in a statement.

Vanderbijlpark Works, in the country’s Gauteng province, is one of the world’s largest inland steel mills.

Reporting by Tanisha Heiberg, editing by Louise Heavens

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