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12.11.2004 General News

EPA develops waste management plans

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Takoradi Nov.12-GNA- The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), has developed district waste management plans and guidelines for ambient air quality and noise levels.

Miss Irene Heathcote, the Western Regional Director of the EPA who announced this said the Agency had also come out with sector-specific effluent quality guidelines for the various industrial establishments. She was speaking at a media forum organised by the EPA, to commemorate the 30th anniversary celebration of the organisation in Takoradi, which is on the theme:"30 Years of Environmental Protection in Ghana- Managing Waste-Challenges For the Future".

Miss Heathcote said the district, municipal and metropolitan assemblies were responsible for the operational aspects of waste management, hence the need for the officials to see solid waste management as their core function.

She said the EPA had provided the necessary guidelines for waste management and it was the responsibility of the district, municipal and metropolitan Assemblies to implement the strategies.

Mr Prosper Nkrumah, the Programme Officer of the EPA, said media coverage of environmental issues should be considered as a very important assignment to help prevent the irreparable damage that could be caused to the environment.

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