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Malakand commissioner banned steel mills told to get NOCs

Steel News - Published on Thu, 16 May 2019

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Express Tribune reported that in a blow to the fledgling steel industry of the area, the local commissioner has imposed a ban on all steel mills operating in the area unless they obtain compliance certificates from the environmental protection body. Malakand Commissioner Riaz Khan Mehsud said that “These open furnaces are distributing cancer and other epidemic diseases in the community and the administration will not let them compromise on public’s health and safety. He announced the ban on the seven mills operating in the area.”

The commissioner added that “The environment comes first, and anyone who is interested in running run his industry should install mechanical units as suggested by the environment protection agency to filter and control emission of hazardous and nitrogenous gases, noting that approval of the EPA was must to set up and operate such plants.

He added that the industry was the key to resolving unemployment and economic impoverishment in the area, but that does not mean that environmental SOP’s are compromised. Mr Mehsud was quoted as saying that “Malakand has scenic beauty with naturally decorated areas and all necessary steps need to be taken to protect this clean and green environment.”

He added that “We are trying to shift these industries to the industrial estate which was recently inaugurated by K-P Chief Minister Mahmood Khan.” He also imposed a condition for steel mills to first obtain No-Objection Certificates to be issued by the environmental protection agency before starting work in the area.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Thu, 16 May 2019
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