Air Pollution in Belmopan

Belmopan. February 11, 2019.  The Department of the Environment (DOE) hereby informs the public within and near the north-western area of the City of Belmopan of ongoing work to address the malodor affecting the quality of air and daily lives of residents and community members.

Multiple industries which generate effluent (wastewater) are within close proximity to each other and the types of effluent that are generated require different treatment approaches to mitigate negative environmental, human health and other impacts.  Please note that the DOE, along with the Public Health Department, has been working on the issue with the key industries in the area and had previously met with management personnel of each industry and recommended short-term and medium-term solutions to this problem.

In the interim, the DOE has requested that more immediate corrective actions be implemented while medium-term measures are underway.  Immediate corrective actions include the immediate application of Effective Micro-organisms (EMs) to digest effluent and prevent the emission of malodor.  The medium-term solution includes the removal of the effluent to a more appropriate location for treatment.

The public is hereby encouraged to contact the DOE to report pollution-related issues, mismanagement of our natural resources, and any other environmental violations.


For further information, please contact:

Chief Environmental Officer

Department of the Environment, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment, Sustainable Development and Immigration

Market Square, Belmopan

Tel: 822-2548/2819 Fax: 822-2860

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