The Air Pollution Rules, 2014 became law on January 23rd, 2015. Between December 1, 2015 and May 31, 2016 the first phase of implementation of the Rules will come on-stream with Source Emitter Registration. This six-month phase will then be followed by the Permitting phase, during which the EMA will be working on an individual basis with Source Emitter Registrants to determine whether there would be a requirement to apply for an Air Pollution Permit.
By definition, a Source Emitter refers to any facility from which currently an air pollutant or pollutants releases into the atmosphere. It also includes proposed facilities which in the near future will release pollutants into the atmosphere.
In defining an air pollutant, it can be described as certain substances released into the atmosphere above a specific quantity, concentration or level, or which has an impact on the atmosphere. In Schedules 1 & 2 of the Air Pollution Rules, 2014, the maximum allowed levels of emissions of air pollutants are listed.
With the Source Emitter Registration phase, the EMA will be able to establish an inventory of the types, quantities and locations of the sources within T&T releasing air pollutants into the atmosphere.
With this information, the EMA and the Government of T&T would be better positioned to understand the current impacts of air pollution on T&T’s atmosphere. This information will also facilitate the strategic management of the nation’s air quality, with the ultimate aim of protecting public health from the adverse effects of polluted air.
Date: 14th April, 2016
Location: Cara Suites Hotel and Conference Centre
Price: Members: $300 + Vat , Future members: $350 + Vat