EPA trains 33 additional Police Officers in noise management

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 Members of the Guyana Police Force being trained on the use of the noise meter.

 

The EPA and the Guyana Police Force (GPF) once again joined forces to address the pervasive noise issue. The Agency conducted the second of a series of capacity building workshops on noise management with representatives from various divisions of the Guyana Police Force, during July 25-26, 2019. Preceding the training was a brief opening ceremony which saw the feature address being delivered by Hon. Minister Khemraj Ramjattan, Minister of Public Security. Remarks were also delivered by Assistant Commissioner Clifton Hicken and EPA' s Executive Director, Dr. Vincent Adams. 

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Odour, Smoke and Noise top the complaints list

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) continues to record a large number of complaints relative to various environmental issues. For the period June to July 2019, the Agency received 118 complaints. 47.5% were related to smoke /odour/fumes, while 32% was related to noise (as seen in the figure above). The Agency will continue to provide regulatory oversight  to safeguard human health and the environment and advises persons to ensure your operations are authorised and you can operating within the respective standards/limits. The public is also cautioned to be mindful of your activities and be considerate of the impacts on persons around.

Forestry sector records 100% compliance

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The EPA during its compliance drive recorded 100% success in the forestry sector. A total of 284 projects were screened of which 124 were closed after investigation, and the remaining brought into compliance or adjusted to reflect their current state.

EPA brings 432 non-compliant permit holders into compliance

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The Agency during an internal audit in January 2019, unearthed 481 Environmental Permit Holders who were non-compliant. The Agency under the astute guidance of Dr. Vincent Adams, Executive Director, derived a strategy to arrest this issue and reduce the threat to human health and the environment, as a result of such practices. The Agency commenced its investigation into the 481  non-compliant permit which included; publishing a public notice in the newspapers, as well as, its website and social media platforms, site visits and telephone calls. This rigorous and  strategic drive was a massive success, bringing 90% of defaulting Permit Holders into compliance in a mere 5 months. The Agency remains committed to sound Environmental Management and reminds the general public that, securing your Environmental Permits in the initial stages of your operation, is securing the future of your business and the health of the population.

The Agency expresses gratitude to the developers for their cooperation and reminds ALL permit holders to ensure they adhere to their permit conditions and have a valid  Environmental Permit at all times.

In accordance with the Environmental Protection Act, Cap. 20:05 Laws of Guyana, a permit holder should apply for renewable six (6) months prior to the expiration for their existing permit.