EAD begins inspections of ready-mix sector

EAD aims to limit the amount of particulate matter released

Photo for illustrative purposes only.
Photo for illustrative purposes only.

The Emirates News Agency (WAM) reports that the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD) has begun an intensified series of inspections of the ready-mix sector as part of its "Eltezam" campaign launched last month.

EAD introduced the campaign in an attempt to reach out to the ready-mix sector in Abu Dhabi and highlight the importance of limiting the amount of particulate matter, an air pollutant by-product of cement mixing, they release into the atmosphere from their facilities.

With the one-month grace period having come to an end, EAD's inspectors have set out to ensure the sector is complying with all environmental permit conditions.

The inspections, which started more than two weeks ago, aim to cover a total of 160 ready-mix facilities across Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and the Western Region. The first week alone saw EAD inspect over 30 facilities in the Mussafah Industrial Area.

The preliminary round of inspections saw the EAD inspectors record 987 violations under the categories of material transfer, storage and handling, solid waste and wastewater management, noise pollution and recordkeeping and training. The follow-up rounds, however, resulted in an 80% improvement in compliance, with no licenses being revoked.

Faisal Al Hammadi, director of permitting, compliance and enforcement, environmental quality sector at EAD, said: "The results of the first round of inspections indicate a very interesting trend: the willingness of the facilities to comply with the environmental permit conditions is correlated with their level of awareness. With our dual approach in combining awareness with enforcement, we are seeing a tangible improvement in compliance."

Al Hammadi added that if facilities fail to conform to their permit conditions, EAD reserves the right to take enforcement measures, which can range from filing a law suit against a facility to revoking an environmental permit that will warrant an immediate stop of the facility's operations.

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