More time sought to combat pollution problem

ABU DHABI — Minister of Environment and Water Dr Mohammed Saeed Al Kindi has requested members of the Federal National Council (FNC) to give the ministry some time to tackle the problem of pollution caused by cement factories, stone breakers and waste incinerators in the Northern Emirates.|

By Adel Arafah

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Published: Sat 28 Apr 2007, 8:55 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 1:45 AM

While expressing confidence about the ability of his ministry's officials in resolving such issues, Dr Al Kindi pointed out, "The Ministry of Environment is just 15 months old. It is a short time to handle all environment and pollution-related problems."|

He said the ministry is focusing on the new strategy that was unveiled recently by His Highness Shaikh Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.|

This strategy considers protection of environment as top priority of the ministry. All the arms of the ministry are geared towards solving pollution-related problems as soon as possible, he added.|

Dr Al Kindi stated that the ministry will set up offices all over the country to look into the complaints and adopt measures to resolve them.|

He pointed out that his ministry, with cooperation from the Ministry of Health, will determine the extent of pollution and the dangers it poses to public health, and take appropriate action.

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