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KUWAIT CITY, Dec 14: Kuwait Environment Public Authority (EPA) announced Wednesday the seizure of eight companies and factories that tried to smuggle 80 containers carrying about two million liters of diesel. In a statement to KUNA, Director of the Chemical Safety Department at the EPA Dr. Mishaal Al-Ibrahim said that samples of materials carried in the containers, showed petroleum derivatives, diesel in particular, which is subject to the supervision of the Kuwait Petroleum Corporation. Dr. Al-Ibrahim explained that the companies and factories were penalized, according to Article (23) of the Environmental Protection Law, related to the management of chemicals, which stipulates the examination, audit and conformity of the exports of the State of Kuwait.
The article stipulates that “the approval of the concerned authorities must be obtained when importing or exporting hazardous materials and chemicals, the permission is required to complete examination, conformity and audit procedures from the concerned authorities or from companies qualified for this purpose.” The executive regulations of this law specify the regulating procedures and requirements, the required records and the responsibilities of the concerned authorities towards them,he added, “ indicating that the penalty for this article reaches 10.000 dinars. He affirmed the continuation of coordination between the EPA, the General Administration of Customs, and the Kuwait Petroleum Corporation to take the necessary legal measures against those who manipulate the country’s savings. By Jaber Al-Hamoud Al-Seyassah Staff and Agencies