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Fall-out continues from Kuwait's 'Chernobyl'

Seminar convenes to discuss ongoing Mishref wastewater crisis

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The Mishref sewage treatment crisis is still high on Kuwait's national agenda.
The Mishref sewage treatment crisis is still high on Kuwait's national agenda.

Debate is still raging in Kuwait as a result of the breakdown of the Mishref sewage treatment plant, which resulted in the release of around 100,000 cubic metres of barely treated sewage into the sea.

Organisers of a recently convened seminar to discuss the crisis referred to the incident as ‘the Chernobyl of Mishref’, according to the Kuwait Times newspaper.

The Kuwaiti Society for Monitoring and Evaluating Parliamentary Performance (KSMEPP) meeting stressed the importance of unity in dealing with the challenges raised by the crisis, but criticised the government for failing to adhere to its own environmental rules.

Attendees at the meeting indicated their hope that the government-formed committee to investigate the incident would identify those responsible.

However, in a speech made yesterday (Sunday), Minister of Public Works and Minister of State for Municipal Affairs Dr Fadhel Safar said that international experts from the US, France and Egypt had all praised the way Kuwait had handled the crisis.

According to state news agency KUNA, Safar added that three water treatment units had now been placed inside the station and that the team working there also managed to close the main manhole of the station to a depth of 25 metres.

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