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Eco-watchdog halts contractor's ops after violations

Company has operations suspended after failing to control emissions.

Eco-watchdog halts contractor's ops after violations

Abu Dhabi's environmental watchdog has halted the operations of a contracting company for breaching anti-pollution laws and regulations.

The Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD) has suspended the operational activities of the Roads and General Contracting Projects Company (RAPCO), it said in a statement on Thursday.

EAD's decision to suspend the company came after the company began its operations without obtaining the necessary prior authorisation and without notifying the Agency, it added.

The company also failed to renew its environmental licences and was operating its plant without installing air vacuums and without controlling the harmful emissions.

This resulted in dense clouds of smoke in the Al Mafraq Industrial area, causing a threat to public health, EAD said in the statement.

The decision to stop company operations was based on a federal law which aims to control all forms of pollution and was issued to "avoid any immediate or long-term harmful effects resulting from planning for economic, agricultural or industrial development".

Operational activities for RAPCO will be allowed to resume only if environmental requirements are met and procedures are followed "to ensure the safety of the environment and the public's health", the report added.

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