The government protects public health and the environment from the impact of chemicals: Zartaj

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Minister of State for Climate Change Zartaj Gul said on Thursday that the current government is committed to protecting public health and the environment from the devastating effects of toxic chemicals and hazardous waste through their scientific management.

Addressing a national event here, the Minister of State noted that the management of hazardous waste in an inappropriate and unscientific manner over the years in the country and their collection, treatment and disposal of waste has caused significant damage to human health and the environment.

“But, now in light of Prime Minister Imran Khan’s vision for a clean and green Pakistan, we have launched efforts for the implementation of a comprehensive project to strengthen national capacities for chemical and hazardous waste management in a way that follows global guidelines for regulating the practice. of hazardous waste management for the protection of people and the country’s environment, ”revealed Zartaj Gul Wazir.

She explained that hazardous wastes can take the form of solids, liquids, sludge or contained gases, and that they are mainly generated by chemical production, manufacturing and other industrial activities.

“However, we understand that improper storage or disposal of hazardous waste frequently contaminates surface water and groundwater as harmful water pollution and can also be a source of dangerous land pollution.

The Minister of State for Climate Change stressed: “People living in houses built around old abandoned waste disposal sites may be in a particularly vulnerable position.

While addressing the event “National Project Launch Workshop on Strengthening National Legislation and Capacity Building of Stakeholders for Sound Management of Chemicals and Hazardous Wastes in Pakistan”, the ministry secretary of Climate Change, Captain (R) Sikander Qayyum, told participants that the Ministry of Climate Change in collaboration with the United Nations Environment, is implementing the project which aims to effectively implement international conventions, including those of Basel, Rotterdam, Stockholm and Minamata, for the scientific management of chemicals harmful to the environment and hazardous materials.

The event aimed to sensitize all relevant stakeholders from national and international governmental and non-governmental organizations and industrial and educational sectors on the importance of the project today here at a local hotel, added the secretary. Syed Mujtaba Hussain, Joint Senior Secretary (International Cooperation), Ministry of Climate Change, said: “Hazardous chemicals and waste pose a potential threat to human health and the environment in many ways. These chemicals and hazardous wastes are mostly non-degradable, persistent in nature, can be biologically amplified, are highly toxic and even harmful in very low concentrations.

Deputy Director (Chemistry) and National Project Coordinator Dr Zaigham Abbas said important work is currently underway under the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) Special Program for Institutional Strengthening .


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