CAIRO: Polluters in the Nile will face fines between 50,000 ($6,389) and 200,000 EGP ($25,559,) with fines doubled for repeat offenders, per a law signed by President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi Thursday, the official state gazette reported.
The Ministry of Irrigation will be responsible for following up on violating companies and persons
In August, Egypt’s Ministry of Environment controlled a 300-meters long oil spill in the Nile River in northern Aswan.
In a Monday statement, the ministry announced that an oil spill estimated between 200 and 300 meters long and 7 to 10 meters wide.
“The spill was surrounded so as not to be washed into other areas of the river; samples were taken from the water to make sure there is no pollution,” the statement added.
The Aswan Governor Mostafa Yousri announced that a cooperation protocol is to be signed with Petrosafe Oil Spill Response Center (OSRC) for the fast handling of any polluting oil spill found in the waters of the governorate.