Thursday, October 23, 2014

Acosta cites the need to review the Clean Air Act of 1999 to ensure disposal of solid waste

DAVAO CITY, Oct 23 (PIA) Top official of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on Environmental Protection cited the need for a technology that will help dispose the solid waste besetting the communities.

Secretary J.R. Nereus Acosta, chief of the OPAEP said the rising population will eventually impact on the volume of garbage which controlled landfill alone cannot endure in time.

“Having more people brings in more garbage,” he said.

Acosta said even the landfill will impact on the source of water like the rivers and the aquifer which might be affected by the discharge from the garbage.
He said there is a need to review the Clean Air Act of 1999 looking closely on the possibility that its implementing rules and regulations can accommodate new technology that does not destroy the air but will reduce the volume of solid waste especially in urban centers of the country.

“There are many technologies available now that were not present ten years ago,” Acosta said.

He stressed the applicable technology must be clearly identified particularly its assurance of complying with the emission standards which assure that it does not pollute the air, consequently addressing the volume of garbage.

Acosta was the guest of honor and speaker in the forum on Integrated Water Resources Management for Peace and Development held Wednesday at the Grand Regal Hotel which was a side activity in the ongoing 2nd BIMP-EAGA & IMT-GT Trade Fair and Business Leaders’ Conference.   (PIA 11-Joey Sem G. Dalumpines)

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