ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Environment Protection Agency (Pak-EPA) is regularly monitoring 35 steel units in Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) and action is taken in case of violation of National Environmental Quality Standards (NEQS). “Major source of air pollution in ICT are steel units which are being regularly monitored by Pak-EPA,”said an official of the authority on Thursday. A survey conducted few months back, identified a total of 185 industrial units in sectors I-9, I-10 and Kahuta Triangle including 35 steel units. During inspection of Pak-EPA monitoring team to industrial area, three industries were found to be non-compliant, as their anti-pollution equipment was not working. Legal action was initiated through issuance of Environmental Protection Order (EPO) and subsequent closure of the industries through ICTA. Furthermore, on account of non-compliance of court order, four steel furnaces and re-rolling mills were also sealed after issuing EPO and a fine of Rs5 million each was imposed on them.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 5th, 2018.
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