Another activity in the EU project was our participation in a meeting with Sulaimani governor on June 14th 2015 to close down or investigate those oil refineries that are illegal and work illegally. Such refineries pollute Sulaimani and its surrounding environment especially when one should be aware that Sulaimani is an industrial city that around % 30 of Iraq’s industry is in this city. We were the only environmental organization that participated because we found it our main duty and responsibility not to accept any environmental pollution.
The governor of Sulaimani, his deputy, the council members and an environmental staff participated in the meeting. The governor later decided to form a committee to monitor oil refineries in cooperation with (Uni Recycling Company) that is a Romanian - German Company. The company provided the refineries with a standard method so that they can protect the environment, and avoid any emission or release of waste into environment.
The final decision was closing down all those refineries until it was made sure that they are complying with the environmental laws and conditions and they are not a reason for polluting Sulaimani environment and its surrounding.