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Maximum KD 5,000 fine for violations of EPA law

KUWAIT CITY, Jan 31: After the Environment Public Authority (EPA) detected a number of environmental violations in Sabah Al-Ahmad Marine City — sewage disposal pumped directly into the sea, dumping waste and debris in places other than designated areas, the Director of Public Relations and Media at the EPA, Sheikha Al-Ibrahim, told the Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) that its technical team with the Environmental Police toured the city to monitor the violations, reports Al-Seyassah daily.

EPA officials on tour of Sabah Al-Ahmad area

Al-Ibrahim added that in addition to the violations detected by the team, field tests were carried out to check the quality of the sea water to ensure its compliance with environmental standards. She explained citations were issued based with Article (18), Article (97) and Article (32) of the EPA laws. She stated these violations carry fine ranging from 250 dinars to 5,000 dinars depending on the nature of the violations.

In other news, the Environment Public Authority (EPA) and the Kuwait Dive Team have signed a cooperation agreement for the removal of waste and sunken ships and boats that lie at the bottom of the Kuwait Sea. Chairman and Director General of the EPA Sheikh Abdullah Al-Ahmad said in a statement during the signing ceremony that this agreement aims to limit the destruction of the marine environment and its organisms because many of the items that lie at the bottom contain fuels and oils, in addition to hindering maritime navigation.

By Abdel Nasser Al-Aslami Al-Seyassah Staff

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