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Air Quality and Noise Management

The Cooperative Republic of Guyana (CRG) is taking concrete steps to develop along a green economy pathway.  The achievement of a green economy requires a concerted effort towards the effective management of Guyana’s air quality.

The Environmental Protection Agency’s mandate  as outlined in the Environmental Protection Act, Chapter 20:05 demands it to oversee effective management, conservation, protection and improvement of the environment, the prevention and control of pollution, the assessment of the impact of economic development on the environment and the sustainable use of natural resources.

In 2000, the Environmental Protection (Air Quality) and the Environmental Protection (Noise Management) Regulations were made. The Air and Noise Management Programme will promote a successful air quality regime through the development of standards, permitting facilities, monitoring and enforcement of the requisite legislation. It is hoped that this combination of efforts will stem the creation of pollution havens, preserve, protect and enhance the national air quality, and ensure that economic growth occurs while clean air resources are safe guarded.

In order to manage air emissions, the Air Quality Regulations require that facilities that emit air pollutants from any process are required to obtain an environmental authorization from the EPA to discharge air contaminants into the atmosphere. Where any of these sources wish to modify the source of emission which could include the installation of a pollution control device an application should be made to the EPA before such activity is undertaken.  
The Noise Management Regulations establish a framework for the management of noise that affects air quality and the quality of and enjoyment of life by members of the public. Facilities that emit noise into the environment are required to apply for an environmental authorisation and abide by the terms and conditions set out in the environmental permit.

The functions of the Programme include but are not limited to the following:

•    Issue Environmental Authorisation
•    Conduct Research
•    Establish parameter limits
•    Monitor & Assess Compliance  
•    Manage air contaminants