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Department of the Environment issues statement on air pollution in Belmopan

Posted: Monday, February 11, 2019. 11:58 am CST.

BBN Staff: The Department of the Environment (DOE) today issued a statement informing the public that within and near the north-western area of the city of Belmopan, there is ongoing work to address the malodor affecting the quality of air and daily lives of residents and community members.

DOE notes that multiple industries which generate effluent (wastewater) are within close proximity to each other and the types of effluent that are generated require different treatment approaches to mitigate negative environmental, human health and other impacts.

DOE says that it is working along with the Public Health Department, and with the key industries in the area and had previously met with management personnel of each industry and recommended short-term and medium-term solutions to this problem.

In the interim, the DOE has requested that more immediate corrective actions be implemented while medium-term measures are underway.

Immediate corrective actions include the immediate application of Effective Micro-organisms (EMs) to digest effluent and prevent the emission of malodor.

The medium-term solution includes the removal of the effluent to a more appropriate location for treatment.

The public is encouraged to contact the DOE to report pollution-related issues, mismanagement of our natural resources, and any other environmental violations.

 

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