Qatar to present effective plan to deal with organic pollutants: MME
According to Abdul Rahman Al Abdul Jabbar, Director of the Department of Radiation Protection and Chemicals at the Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME), Qatar is the first country in the world with an integrated project that covers the whole country with a radiation control warning network.
Moreover, Qatar has become the first country in the world to establish a regional laboratory dedicated to radiological measurements.
Abdul Jabbar spoke regarding the achievements of the department and services introduced during a press conference held at the headquarters yesterday.
August 22, 2021
He highlighted that Qatar would also be the first country to implement a complete legal framework governing mercury-containing items, in addition to becoming one of the countries with the best devices for managing radioactive materials and demonstrating its dedication to compounds that endanger the ozone layer.
Abdul Jabbar noted that a clear and comprehensive strategy will be planned out to manage organic pollutants in Qatar this year.
Dr. Abdullah Al Muraikhi, Assistant Director of the Department of Radiation Protection and Chemicals, revealed that a national mercury inventory plan and a radiation monitoring early warning network plan had been implemented.
“The network has been updated on all the coasts of the country to monitor any radioactive source, and there is a modern network that will be implemented soon to cover all areas across the country,” said Al Muraikhi.
Head of the Radiation Protection Section at the Department Hamad Salah Ibrahim stated that the section issues licenses for ionizing or non-ionizing radiation in the medical, industrial, and research fields.
“The section inspects 350 facilities, including industrial ones that work in the field of oil and gas, and one that works in the fields of medicine, radiotherapy, and nuclear medicine,” said Ibrahim.
The section oversaw the licensing of 85 vehicles for transporting radioactive materials, 50 licenses for using radioactive materials, 86 requests for possession of radioactive materials, 164 licenses for possession of radioactive devices, and 146 import and export radioactive sources during the previous period.
Mona Al Emadi, the head of the Hazardous Materials Section, said the licenses were provided for customs release of shipments brought into the country from customs checkpoints.
According to her, a total of 50,289 hazardous material shipments were inspected, and 975 hazardous material storage licenses were issued. The unit, according to Al Emadi, was also awarded 120 hazardous waste disposal licenses.
Asmaa Ahmed Al-Mutawa, the head of the Hazardous Waste Section, explained that the section's goal is to reduce hazardous waste generation through enforcing environmental laws and regulations.
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