According to "Jordan Times", the government assured Fuheis citizens that it is committed to improving the environmental situation in their area by minimizing the effects of the cement factory located there. At a meeting with officials and representatives of Fuheis residents, Government Spokesperson Asma Khader called for a multiphase plan that ensures a balance between the interests of the country and citizens’ right to a clean environment. Earlier this year, the management of the Jordan Cement Factories Company (JCFC) announced they would allocate around JD8 million in 2004 and 2005 to improve the pollution control system. JCFC Director General Samer Biriqdar said that under the two-year plan, the company would replace the filtering system it has now with another more environment friendly unit. The high-tech filters will be installed at the company’s Fuheis production facility. On the company’s controversial plan to use petcoke as a substitute fuel in cement processing operations, Khader said banning the plan required a Cabinet decision, a court order or a move by Parliament.