CAIRO: An inspection by the Ministry of Environment of 113 Cairo factories found 112 of them in violation of air quality standards, Youm7 reported Sunday.
The only factory to not have violations was found to be out of operation, , Head of Sectors at the ministry Jamal al-Saeedi told Youm7.
He added that the inspection campaigns also included 2,129 small and medium industrial institutions around the country, where they found 314 offences and 1,206 out of operation.
Egypt’s ministry of environment has pledged to reduce by 70 percent the “black cloud” crisis that is to blanket Egypt’s sky in two months during rice cultivation season, Youm7 reported in August.
As famers start harvesting their rice crop each autumn, they tend to get rid of some of the uncollected straw by burning it. This burnt straw creates a pall of dark clouds that blanket parts of Egypt for weeks.
In cases of farmers defying the ban on burning waste, a penalty raning from 5,000 ($6,500) to 100,000 EGP ($12,700) may be imposed.
Minister of Environment Khaled Hefny said that the ministry is also to launch inspection campaigns on Cairo’s vehicles to measure the rate of exhaust and cancel the licenses of the vehicles that exceed emission limits.
He added that campaigns are also to be applied to brick factories and cement companies.