Engine oil pollution

IT is alarming to note that all the bus bays at the Suva Bus Station have huge deposits of engine oil that leaked from the bus engines.

Some of the spots have engine oil accumulations that are about three mm thick and the surplus which are still in the liquid form are seen flowing into the stormwater drains.

The vehicle engine oil contains numerous toxic substances and tiny pieces of metal from engine wear make their way into lubricants, further contributing to the pollution.

The engine oil is heavy, sticky and contains an extensive concentrated level of toxic compounds, it can build up and persist in the environment for years.

During sunny days the smell of the oil is strong and the odour is very noticeable. Once oil escapes the engine, it has the potential to travel long distances, and most motor oil eventually make its way into waterways in the form of runoff.

Once it reaches waterways, motor oil is toxic to plants and animals living in the water, and its film can impair natural processes, such as oxygen replenishment.

The motor oil can also pollute soil and the ocean.

It has an effect on the coastal environment and to the people who are depending on it for their livelihood.

The process of the pollution might be slow but surely will have an adverse impact.

The enforcement agency needs to be more vigilant and implement corrective actions to discourage such practice.

There is a missing link in the process of the yearly certificate inspection of the vehicles which do not have the ability to detect this abuse of the environment.

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