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Ms. Irene Opoku, Acting Director of the Greater Accra East Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), called on Ghanaians to actively participate in the management and preservation of the environment for human survival.

Speaking to the Ghana News Agency in Tema, Ms. Opoku explained that environmental stewardship is aimed at ensuring a healthy state of the planets and keeping all life forms free from environmental pollution.

Ms. Opoku explained that maintaining the environment to provide a serene atmosphere for all individuals, businesses, customers and other activities to enhance development.

She warned against burning trash and other substances in communities and noted that some of the chemicals burned may contain substances that would endanger human and plant life.

She mentioned the need for a collective effort of individuals and other stakeholders to coherently address environmental issues and take wise action to protect and improve the environment.

She said it has become necessary for business entities to put in place environmental risk management systems.

Addressing the suspected chemical pollution that occurred in Tema Newtown on May 10, 2022, she said the Agency was still tracking the source of the pollution.

She said the agency’s Environmental Quality Department had taken a sample from the affected areas and carried out an analysis, but the source of the chemical had not yet been revealed.

She said the difficulty in determining the source of the chemical could be because the sampling was not done when the substance was in the atmosphere.

Ms. Opoku assured the public, especially residents, that the Agency was always on track to ensure that the source was committed to keeping Ghanaians safe.

Source: GNA

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