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Department of the Enviroment targets chemical management

Thursday, April 30th, 2015. Aaron Humes Reporting: A workshop to bring awareness to the importance of chemical management was hosted today in Belize City by the Department of the Environment. Since 2006 the Department has been working toward goals for the safe elimination of certain harmful chemicals used in Belize as well as preparing for new challenges. Alegria

Chief Environmental Officer Martin Alegria updated on several aspects of the work, including a plan to completely eliminate the use of harmful chemicals such as DDT and PCB oils, which are still stockpiled by the Ministry.

The Department plans to sensitize and incentivize the private sector to get involved in safe chemical disposal. A transfer station is to be built in the Burrell Boom area replacing the open dump located there and in conjunction with the Solid Waste Management Authority private sector partners will be asked to avoid burning plastics and other chemicals.

Alegria also spoke about promoting “green harvesting” with the cane industry in the North, which also practices burning cane and using pesticides. The primary pollution source is in the air which the Ministry has tried to outlaw to avoid health problems for nearby municipalities.

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