Environmental Protection Company Act, 1994 (Act 490) mandates the Environmental Safety Company (EPA) in Ghana to regulate the ecosystem and be certain the implementation of federal government policies on the natural environment.
The Environment Security Company (EPA) has vowed to shut down steel factories positioned at the No cost Zones enclave that are flouting environmental rules.
This follows investigations by JoyBusiness on how smoke emissions by some steel factories at the Absolutely free Zones enclave is not just destroying the environment but also placing the lives of factory staff at possibility.
Upon traveling to some steel factories at the Totally free Zones Enclave in Tema, a single is achieved with plumes of smoke. The thick smoke darkens the surroundings making it hard to see or breathe.
Some workers of MND Metals Co Ltd who are primarily victims of the pollution complained of respiratory issues to Joy Company.
Just one such worker, Felix, narrated how he “visited the medical center often due to the fact starting up this job”. Other personnel also claimed of “coughing blood” and “feeling week” immediately after hrs of doing the job in this sort of a polluted natural environment.
Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) action
Data picked up at the workplace of the Performing Government Director for the EPA, Acting Executive – John A. Pwamang, reveal that “letters have been served producing businesses flouting setting regulations to possibly shut down or comply”.
Wellbeing publications have shown that the existence of substances, particulates or organic compounds in the ambiance can harm human and animal wellbeing and harm the natural environment.
Factories and other industrial installations have brought on these types of pollution due to the fact the dawn of the industrial age by burning fuels, carrying out chemical procedures and releasing dust and other particulates and Ghana is no exception.
Ghana rated 124 in the 2018 Environmental Functionality Index (EPI) which ranks 180 nations around the world on environmental wellbeing and ecosystem vitality. What this means is that the country has done improperly when it arrives to currently being environmentally secure.
Inadequate air excellent kills persons. Throughout the world, undesirable outside air induced an estimated 4.2 million premature fatalities in 2016 out of which about 90 per cent of them are in minimal- and middle-revenue countries like Ghana. That is according to the Entire world Well being Business (WHO).
In Ghana, WHO estimates that air pollution from all resources caused about 28,000 deaths in 2016, around 4,000 of them becoming small children underneath the age of 16. In the Larger Accra Area alone, outdoor pollution prompted some 2,000 fatalities in 2017, the WHO asserts.