EPA conducts outreach with Ministry of Business

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The Agency delivered two interactive presentations which focused on its functions with regards to the environmental authorisation process at two outreach sessions organised by the Ministry of Business. The audience entailed members of the business community and were held on February 7 and 21, 2019, at Eccles Industrial Site and the Coldingen Industrial Estates, respectively. The purpose of the outreaches was to encourage business owners to ensure that their businesses are authorised and compliant. Presentations were also delivered by the Central Housing and Planning Authority (CHPA) which focused on zoning and land use management. 

Air quality and noise inspections

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Air quality and noise inspections in the Demerara, Mahaica and Berbice areas

 

Compliance with the Environmental Protection Air Quality and Noise Management Regulations is important to promoting a good quality of life for all Guyanese. In this regard, the Agency inspected thirty-two (32) facilities in the Demerara, Mahaica and Berbice areas to assess compliance as outlined in the Environmental Authorisation. Additionally, the Agency conducted Compliance inspections to bring  permit holders whose permits have expired into compliance. This is to ensure their operations are conducted in keeping with current best available techniques to safe guard the environment and human health.

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Water Quality Inspection

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EPA conducts water quality inspection at Marudi Mountain

 

The EPA conducted inspections to monitor the effects of mining activities on water-bodies around the Marudi Mountain. Seven (7) creeks which are in close proximity to Indigenous communities around the mining area were sampled. The water samples were analysed and found to be within the acceptable limits. The mercury level for all samples were under 0.0001mg/L and WHO guidelines for drinking water quality  is 0.001mg/L .


A separate inspection was conducted after receiving complaints of mining affecting the Para Bara Indigenous  Community. However, it was found that no mining activity has been undertaken in the area for over a year.  
 

 

 

Environmental Authorisation for Sea Ports

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Focus group meeting to discuss the  Environmental Authorisation for Sea Ports and Terminals

 

The Environmental Protection Agency held a focus group meeting with key partners to discuss the authorisation of Sea Ports and terminals that collects, stores, transports and dispose of waste materials. The Environmental Protection Act, Cap 20:05, Laws of Guyana requires that, these facilities to be permitted before they can carry out such activities. Various Agencies responsible for the management of Sea Ports and terminals were invited to the meeting to discuss ideas their organisation's roles and responsibilities in this regard; identify legislative gaps/overlaps, mechanisms for bridging these gaps as well as coordination efforts moving forward. This focus group meeting was an outcome from initial discussions between the Maritime Administration and the EPA is regards Guyana obligations under the MARPOL and authorisation of Sea Ports and terminals.