Published Date: Nov 22, 2011
COMMITMENT MADE TO CHECK CHEMICALLY POLLUTED SITES
Deliberating on their existing status and the health and environmental impacts of chemically polluted sites in the country, the national and international experts, and representatives of national and provincial Environmental Protection Agencies (EPAs) have unanimously resolved to accelerate the process of identification of such sites and concerted efforts for their cleaning up through various activities and initiatives.
The national workshop was recently arranged by the SDPI in collaboration with Blacksmith Institute-USA and EPA KPK on “Assessment of chemically polluted sites in Pakistan”.
Dr. Mahmood A. Khwaja, Senior Advisor SDPI, recommended strict enforcement of NEQS and SMART, levy of pollution charges, waste water discharge licensing system and treatment plan, promotion of cleaner production center, BEP&BAT and sites remediation.
He was of the view that civil society can play positive role in chemical management by building awareness and information dissemination to stakeholders.