PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) wishes to remind the general public, their right to the enjoyment of music is not their right to disturb others. As our children are engaged in virtual classes and many people continue to work from home, the Agency urges all to be considerate and avoid excessive noise emissions.

Frequent exposure to noise can have serious implications for human health and animals which include but are not limited to the following:

  1. Annoyance and poor level of concentration;
  2. Increased heart rate leading to elevated blood pressure;
  3. Sleep deprivation;
  4. Headaches and migraines;
  5. Psychological triggers for people with Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and anxiety;
  6. Hearing loss; and
  7. Inability to hear and escape from danger.
  8. Animals use sound to navigate, find food, attract mates, and avoid predators. Noise pollution makes it difficult for them to accomplish these tasks, which affects their ability to survive.

Be the Solution, Stop Noise Pollution!

 

 

 

EPA conducts Community Consultation at Wellington Park Mangrove Reserve, Region 6, as part of the GEF CLME+ EBM Project

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) met with ten (10) representatives, comprising of members from three communities surrounding the Wellington Park Mangrove Reserve site, Regional Democratic Council representatives (Region 6) and NAREI’s Mangrove Ranger on November 11, 2020. The consultation took place the boardroom of the EPA Whim Regional Office and sought to continue discussions on plans to restore the Wellington Park Mangrove Reserve.

All COVID 19 protocols were observed by participants and organisers.

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PUBLIC NOTICE

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February 24th, 2021-The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hereby informs the general public that excessive emission of noise is an offence under the Environmental Protection (Noise Management) Regulations (2000). Defaulters can be fined up to $700,000 and face up to one year imprisonment.

As our children engage in virtual classes and many of people continue to work from home, the Agency advises citizens to desist from emitting noise level above the prescribed decibel limits.

Categories

Day(dB)

Night(dB)

Residential

75

60

Commercial

80

65

Industrial

100

80

Frequent exposure to noise can have serious implications for human health and animals which include but are not limited to:

  • Annoyance and poor level of concentration;
  • Increased heart rate leading to elevated blood pressure;
  • Sleep deprivation;
  • Headaches and migraines; and
  • Hearing loss.

Contact your local authority and report all matters of noise pollution. Be vigilant and exercise caution as we celebrate. Remember your right to music is not your right to disturb others.

Press Release : New location proposed for Oilfield Waste Management Inc.’s Waste Treatment Plant

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November 13, 2020 – The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hereby notifies the general public, that Oilfield Waste Management Services (OWMS) has changed the location for its proposed Waste Treatment Plant from Peter’s Hall, EBD, to Little Diamond, EBD.  This decision was prompted by the concerns raised by residents within the project’s area of influence.

The EPA received an application from OWMS for the Construction and Operation of a Waste Treatment Plant at Plot “A21” Plantation Peter’s Hall, EBD.  Subsequently, the EPA screened the project to assess its potential impacts on the environment and determined that an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) would not be required to inform its decision on whether or not to authorise the project.

The EPA published its decision on the project in a Public Notice on September 27, 2020. The Notice also informed the public that any person who may be affected by the project may lodge an appeal against the EPA’s decision (EIA not required) within thirty (30) days of the date the Notice.

During the thirty-day period of the Notice, the EPA received objections and concerns from members of the public regarding the project’s suitability at the proposed location. As a result, the EPA placed the project on hold and engaged the project proponent, OWMS on the concerns raised.  This led to the developer opting to propose a new location for the project; the new location is more remote and is at Little Diamond, EBD.

The EPA will publish a Public Notice indicating the new location of the proposed project and informing any member of the public who may be affected by the project to lodge an appeal against its decision not to require an EIA for the project.  However, the EPA will only proceed to authorise the project if there are no objections from the public and upon receipt of the location suitability approval from the Central Housing and Planning Authority.

The EPA also wishes to notify the public that the processing of Glass Holding Inc.’s application for a Chemical Warehouse and Laydown Yard at A3 & A4, Plantation Peter’s Hall, EBD, has been placed of on hold in view of the developer currently considering alternative locations for this project. The project summaries for these projects are available on the EPA’s website:  www.epaguyana.org.