UAE cement plants undergo environmental compliance inspections

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UAE: According to UAE Interact, the UAE's Ministry of Environment and Water has conducted field inspections at cement plants to determine their compliancy with national standards. A team of specialists from the external audit sector conducted both scheduled and surprise visits to nearly 20 cement plants as part of their annual evaluation process for ensuring complete implementation of the legislation. Saif Al Shara, assistant undersecretary of the UAE Ministry of Environment and Water's external audit sector, said that the latest assessment results show that the plants adhere to 60% of category A national standards, up from their 39% compliancy in 2013. For category B, cement plants complied with 35% of standards, compared to 33% in 2013. Finally, for category C, compliance fell from 17% in 2013 to 5%.