BY PMA RASHEED
The Gulf Today, 2 July 2010
Two stone-crushing units operating in the Musfoot area in Ajman have been shut down by the UAE Ministry of Environment and Water (MoEW) for not complying with environmental and public health safety regulations.
Sources at the MoEW said that one of the violating crusher units — in the absence of an effective dust pollution control mechanism — was found to be emitting excessive dust into the atmosphere.
According to it, immediate actions have been initiated against the quarry operators, and until proper maintenance and repairs are carried out for controlling dust emissions, notice has been issued to suspend their unit’s operations.
Dr Rashid Ahmad Bin Fahad, the Minister of Environment and Water had said that the ministry has classified quarries into three categories — green, yellow and red.”
“The red category quarries do not have dust control systems to reduce dust pollution. The ministry will take stringent actions against such operators who do not abide by the rules,” he pointed out.
“The technical office collects data on the volume of daily production at such sites, and also checks the types of equipments used as well as the systems installed to control dust and noise from the sites,” he added.
The ministry has been taking punitive measures against many quarries upon negligence of public health safety conditions. Many of them had no equipments to limit dust emissions.
Environmentalists say that quarries and cement factories pose serious environmental impact on the mountainous regions, which are being dug up to produce stones and building materials for the construction sector.