Qatar has become the first country in the world to have a regional radiological measuring laboratory. This year, a plan for dealing with organic contaminants will be released.
In the world, only Qatar has a nationwide radiation warning system, according to Abdul Rahman Al Abdul Jabbar, director of the Ministry of Municipality and Environment’s Department of Radiation Protection and Chemicals.
An organic pollutants plan for Qatar would be submitted in the coming year, he said. An early warning network for radiation monitoring has been developed according to Dr Abdullah Al Muraikhi, assistant director of radiation protection and chemicals.
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“The network has been updated on all the coasts of the country to monitor any radioactive source, and there is a modern network that will be implemented soon to cover all areas across the country,” said Al Muraikhi.
According to Hamad Salah Ibrahim, head of the Radiation Protection Section of the Department, radiation licences for ionising and non-ionizing radiation in the medical, industrial and scientific domains are issued by the section. As Ibrahim explains, “The section inspects 350 facilities, including industrial ones that work in the field of oil and gas, and one that works in the fields of medicine, radiotherapy and nuclear medicine,”
A total of 85 vehicles for transporting radioactive materials, 50 licences for the use of such materials, 86 requests for the possession of radioactive materials, 164 licences for possession of radioactive devices, and 146 import and export radioactive sources were overseen by the section during the last period, according to the official report.
Mona Al Emadi, the head of the Hazardous Materials Section, said that the licences have been obtained for the customs release of goods brought into the country from customs checkpoints. She claimed that a total of 50,289 shipments of hazardous materials were inspected, and 975 licences were issued for hazardous materials warehouses. Al Emadi added the section also awarded 120 permits to dispose of hazardous trash.
To reduce hazardous waste generation, Asmaa Ahmed Al-Mutawa, head of the Hazardous Waste Section, said that the section’s goal is to implement environmental rules and legislation.
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