‘Green taxes not used for en­vi­ron­men­tal devel­op­ment’

Tehran Times - - SOCIETY -

TEHRAN — While the Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Tehran re­ceives green taxes paid by pol­lu­tant in­dus­tries, the money is not used for de­vel­op­ing the en­vi­ron­ment or im­prov­ing the in­dus­tries, Ali Moridi, head of de­part­ment of en­vi­ron­ment’s (DOE) soil and wa­ter of­fice has said.

The DOE is try­ing to re­vise the law and re­ceive green taxes to use it to­ward erad­i­cat­ing air and wa­ter pol­lu­tion, waste­water treat­ment and en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues, along with tech­nol­ogy and in­dus­tries im­prove­ment, he said, IRNA re­ported on Tues­day.

Re­fer­ring to proper laws adopted on waste man­age­ment, he stated that there are rules which obliges the waste man­age­ment af­fairs of the DOE to make the man­u­fac­tur­ing and im­port in­dus­tries pay taxes and spend the taxes on waste man­age­ment and re­cy­cling.

“Ac­cord­ingly, if in­dus­tries do not pro­duce con­tam­i­nated or haz­ardous waste, they will be sub­jected to tax ex­emp­tions,” he added.

He went on to note that un­der these rules, in­dus­tries which not man­age their waste­water prop­erly and cause wa­ter and soil pol­lu­tion will be fined.

“To solve the prob­lem, we must try to change all in­dus­tries into the en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly in­dus­try, which can be ful­filled in co­op­er­a­tion with the in­dus­tries as well as the uni­ver­si­ties,” he con­cluded.

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