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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EPA launches "Green Note" magazine publication

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On February 15, 2019, the Environmental Protection Agency's inaugural magazine publication, 'Green Note: News on the Environment', was launched. The simple but significant ceremony saw partners officially receiving their copies of “Green Note”. Delivering remarks were, Executive Director of the EPA, Dr. Vincent Adams, Chairman of the EPA Board, Dr. Patrick Williams and Ms. Onika Stellingburg, Stakeholder Management Coordinator, Department of Environment.

This publication aims to provide intriguing, pertinent and concise information on the environment into the public and private domains in a reader friendly format. The goal is to increase public education and awareness and foster better environmental stewardship at all levels of society. 

The EPA wishes to thank all partners who contributed to the success of the publication and looks forward to continued support as we synergize our efforts to make greater inroads for a sustainable and prosperous Guyana. You can access your electronic copy of "Green Note" online or visit the Agency to secure a copy of this intriguing publication.

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.

Environmental Monitoring in Region 6

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EPA officers spent one week in Berbice, responding to complaints from residents in the region. Representatives from the Waste Management and Air Quality Management Programme areas responded to complaints of fumes and odour nuisance. In addition, air quality assessments were carried out in regards to fume emissions in the vicinity of Crabwood Creek Line Path.

A total of eight (8) complaint inspections were carried out in regards to waste management. Furthermore, the Agency visited twelve (12) rice mills in Region 6, seven (7) of which were authorised by the Agency with existing Environmental Permits and five (5) which were not authorised. The operations authorised were given timelines with recommendations with best practices to improve their facilities in order to comply with the Air Quality and Noise Management Regulations, 2000. The Agency is reminding developers that they need a valid Environmental Authorisation to operate and operating without same is a breach of  EP Act Cap. 20:05 and requisite penalties will apply.