Pakistan Cement Factory asked to control pollution

Pakistan Cement Factory asked to control pollution
Published: 15 August 2008

The Punjab Environmental Protection Agency has directed a cement factory in Chakwal district to take remedial measures or stop pollution causing activities in the close vicinity of lush green Kalar Kahar.

The EPA Punjab has issued Environmental Protection Order to Pakistan Cement Factory, directing the management to take steps to control pollution within 30 days for avoiding proceedings under the relevant sections of Pakistan Environmental Protection Act 1997.

The EPA Punjab has directed the factory management to control indiscriminate disposal of wastewater and treat it in conformity with the NEQS, restrain from diverting storm water to the agriculture field and water ponds, control dust and gaseous emissions generated during abnormal plant conditions, adopt remedial measures to control ambient dust level to the satisfaction of EPA, apply for paying penalty for violation of section 12 of PEPA-1997 as envisaged in section 17 of the act in respect of cement plant and quarry site separately and maintain record of the times during which start up and upset conditions occur and shall mention the total time elapsed in such conditions besides maintaining separate log book of non operation of pollution control devices on daily basis and furnish monthly report to the EPA.