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Mwanza. The government yesterday ordered that implementation of resource efficient and cleaner production (RECP) should be mandatory and manufacturing industries and other business enterprises that will not heed the order will face the music.

The Minister of State in the Vice-President’s Office responsible for Environment, Dr Binilith Mahenge, said all manufacturing industries should undertake environmental impact assessments (EIAs) before they start production as provided for in the environmental laws.

“The undertaking of the EIAs should go in tandem with implementation of the environmental management plans (EMPs) to ensure that industries became environmentally friendly,” said Dr Mahenge.

He was speaking at a one-day National Dissemination Seminar on the Implementation of Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production (RECP) under the Lake Victoria Environmental Management Project Phase II (LVEMPII) organized by the Cleaner Production Centre of Tanzania (CPCT).

“The National Environment Management Council (NEMC) is currently doing environmental auditing for industries across the country and those that are not environmentally friendly will be closed down,” said Dr Mahenge when reacting to observations by participants that industries were implementing RECP on voluntary basis.

Dr Mahenge said the Environmental Management Act (EMA) 2004 is responsible for overseeing environmental management in the country.

In this regard, EMA 2004 provides for application of different approaches that aim at reducing impact to the environment, he told The Citizen on the sidelines of the seminar..