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NEMA rolling out air quality regulations

The  National  Environment  Management  Authority (NEMA)  is  in  the  process of rolling out and enforcing air quality  regulations.

The  regulations which were gazetted few years ago mostly target automobiles and factories.

The  Embu County NEMA Director, Boniface  Birichi  while speaking  on Thursday during the county’s celebrations to mark the World   Environment  Day in Embu town said in the regulations, factories and automobiles are required to put up measures that  ensure residents neighbouring them were not affected by their activities.

“We want factories to take the responsibilities of ensuring the neigbouring residents are not affected by factory
emissions,” noted Birichi.

The director also noted re-emergence of plastic paper bags which were banned a few years ago, adding that the country was  now on rapid result initiative to eliminate plastics and water pollution.

“In  the coming few weeks you are going to see a lot of action and this is not an issue of NEMA alone but we are going to  do it as an inter-agency activity where we are going to involve main stake holders,” he added.

He  warned  those  still dealing with plastic papers to continue doing so at their own risk of prosecution followed by hefty  fines.

“NEMA  is  in  the process of appealing against the current low fines accorded to culprits by the courts though fines on  environmental crime ranges from Ksh.2 Million to Ksh.4 Million,” he observed.

He  observed that the hefty fines will deter those engaging in the illegal activity and those intending to engage from the  activity.

On  water quality he said NEMA is focusing on those who are encroaching on riparian and those releasing waste into the  environment, urging business community to take care of their dirt water.

Patrick  Njagi, County Director of Environment and Natural resources said the ministry in partnership with scout Movement  was  in the process  of  securing 10, 000 tree seedlings to be distributed in the learning institutions among others.

Njagi  further  noted  that  the ministry   will   soon  provide  bins  in  towns  depending on the nature of rubbish for waste  collection.

The  NEMA in Embu County did not participate in international world environment day celebration on June 5 but rescheduled  it for today.

By  Kimani  Tirus

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