Written by Cajetan Okondo
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NEMA has set new regulation measures to mitigate air pollution in parts where there is air and environmental pollution through the program known as environmental management campaign.
NEMA manager Bungoma County branch Mr. Jacob Asembo stated that residents of areas along highways and factories are constantly exposed to harmful gases, if not checked, the situation can get out of hand. It is upon them to put in place measures to fight the challenges.
He further added that they had teamed up with occupational health officials and security agencies to enforce the regulation as well as warning that they would prosecute those who break the regulation.
Asembo noted that NEMA’s introduction of a sound level meter would be used in the region and parts of the country where noise has been spotted to measure noise levels, print, record and show location spotted. The equipment is yet to be officially launched and those found guilty would be arrested and the electronics confiscated.
“There will be regulations implemented soon to see those emitting harmful gases to the atmosphere paying a fine of up to Sh500000 as air pollution is being blamed for the deterioration of buildings and roofing in most towns,” said Asembo.
He added that they are still following investigating complaints against churches, and entertainment spots like bars in some parts of Bungoma County to comply with the law.
“Apart from air pollution NEMA has introduced and promoted agro forestry systems through flood mitigation project to improve conservation especially in Bungoma County to reduce deforestation,” said Asembo.
The system will provide farmers with tangible benefits, such as timber products, fruits, fuel wood, medicinal extract, and provide fodder (among other benefits). In addition, playing a significant stabilization role by reducing erosion, improving soil fertility, moderating water infiltration rates and in reducing the pressure exerted on remnant natural forests.
Bungoma County currently has less than two percent forest cover remaining and with the increasing populations there is an increased demand for wood products as well as agricultural land. These demands pose a significant threat to the remnant of existing forest.
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