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Environment sets rules on scrap metal, used tires, batteries

Santo Domingo.- The Environment Ministry on Thursday released the technical regulations for the handling of scrap metal, used tires and lead-acid batteries to prevent contamination and the degradation of the ecosystem, and the alteration and destruction of natural and cultural heritage.

Environmental Standards and Research director Lourdes Geronimo called the regulations to manage waste of vital importance to the Dominican population, since in her view, the lack of rules pose a threat to peopleĀ“s health, to the environment and the ecosystems.

“Within these regulations placed at the disposal of Dominican society figure to surveillance in the handling and transport of waste and scrap batteries that should be done in an organized manner, properly placed in their containers and boxes, with their respective burlap tarps,” the official said.

Geronimo said the rules also establish an immunization record for personnel linked to those tasks, a pest management program to prevent the spread of vectors that cause diseases, as well the use of tarps when transporting them.

She stressed the ban on uncollected or non-stored scrap from an undetermined source, to prevent radioactive materials, the shredding of electrical devices that may contain polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB), whose released vapors are highly carcinogenic.

Source: DT

Jan 29, 2016

Category: DR News |

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