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Dubai to crack down on industrial wastewater.

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The Environment Department at Dubai Municipality has issued a circular with new requirements to be followed by all industrial establishments generating trade wastewater, as well as the approved waste transporters in the Emirate of Dubai.

Dr Abdulsalam Mohamed Saleh, head of environmental control section, said the new instructions are to ensure proper and environmentally safe disposal of trade wastewater.

The department emphasised that discharge of trade waste which has quality parameters exceeding the limits specified in permits to the Dubai Municipality Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) is illegal and liable for penalty. It added that it is the responsibility of both generator and the transporter of the waste to comply with standards specified and to avoid any illegal mix-up of wastes.

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Dr Abdulsalam said that in order to ensure that trade waste is discharged directly to sewage plants from the source, waste generators must ensure that only one tanker is used per trip. Also, the Environmental Control Section will take tighter control over the issue of discharge permits, with trade waste permits no longer being issued for any period of longer than three months. Any expired permits will attract penalties.

"A log book detailing quantity of waste generated, its sources and disposal details must always be available at the site for verification by Environmental Control Section," Saleh added.

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