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OFFICE OF ENVIRONMENT AND PROTECTION AGENCY


 


Pohnpei Environmental Protection Agency

Agency Vision, Mission and Strategic Goals

 

Background:

1.        The Environmental Protection Agency was a Sanitation Sector of the Dept. of Health’s Division of Public Health during Trust Territory times until 1992. An Act S.L. No. 3L-26-92,was put into effect and established the office of Environmental Protection Agency and all responsibilities, staff and assets transferred to EPA in 1992. This Act established a Board of Directors and was given the authority to adopt, amend and create Regulations. There are 20 Regulations adopted by this Board and enforced by this office to safeguard and improve the environmental condition related to the health and welfare of the people of Pohnpei and their economic development.

Presently, Pohnpei EPA has a 7-member Board of Directors appointed by the State Governor, and confirm by the State Legislature. The Agency is currently staffed by 21 people plus 1 legal counsel (in processing for hiring). The main functions of the Agency are performed under the following Divisions: Management, Pollution Control (Permitting System), Laboratory & Safe Drinking Water, Quarantine, Establishment, Climate Change and Community Improvement, Environmental Education. Outputs of all divisions are aimed at ensuring wise use and protection of Pohnpei’s natural resources. The main function of the EPA Board is to evaluate and monitor development projects proposed through the Agency’s development project permitting process. The board also has the authority to cease development projects not complying with Permit Conditions as issued according to the Laws and Regulations.

Strategic actions and outputs of the program are financially supported primarily under the Environment Sector Grants under the Compact of Free Association, with additional supports from US Rural Development.

VISION:

Pohnpei will provide sound management, preservation, and conservation of environmental, natural and cultural resources and support for economic development for the benefit of the present and future generations.

MISSION:

Pohnpei EPA is responsible for overseeing the wise use, protection, and preservation of Pohnpei’s resources, balancing the needs of economic and social development with those of environmental quality and respect for our traditional ways.

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Vision and Mission from PEPASDP

STRATEGIC GOALS:

1.          Improving and enhancing the human environment through improved waste management and pollution control.

2.         Enhancing the benefits of sustainable use of Pohnpei’s genetic resources and ensuring the benefits derived are fairly shared amongst all stakeholders.

3.          Improving environmental awareness and education and increasing involvement of all citizenry of Pohnpei in conserving and sustainably developing the state’s natural resources.

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Strategic goals adapted from FSM Strategic Planning Matrix Environment

POHNPEI EPA LAWS AND REGULATIONS

LAWS

1.            Pohnpei Environmental Protection Act of 1992

            Signed into law on November 19, 1992

2.         Amendment to Pohnpei Environmental Protection Act of 1992

            Signed into law on October 12, 1993

REGULATIONS

1.         Air Pollution Control Standards and Regulations

            Effective April 3, 1995

2.         Barber Shop and Beauty Parlor Regulations

            Effective April 3, 1995

3.         Carnival, Fair and Food Sale Regulations

            Effective April 3, 1995

4.         Drinking Water Regulations

            Effective April 3, 1995

5.         Earthmoving Regulations

            Amended September 30, 1996

            Amended April 10, 2008

            Currently undergoing revision

6.         Environmental Impact Assessment Regulations

            Effective April 3, 1995

7.         Food Store Regulations

            Effective February 19, 1998

8.         Hearing Regulations

            Effective April 3, 1995

9.         Mosquito and Fly Control Regulations

            Effective April 3, 1995

10.       Pesticide Regulations

            Effective April 3, 1995

11.       Regulations on Public Access to EPA Records

            Effective May 20, 1996

12.       Public Buildings and Places of Public Assembly Environmental

            Standards Regulations

            Effective April 3, 1995

13.       Restaurant and Food Selling Places Regulations

            Effective April 3, 1995

            Currently undergoing revision

14.       Rodent Control Regulations

            Effective April 3, 1995

15.       Sakau Bar Regulations

            Effective June 2, 2000

16.       Ship Environmental Health Inspection Regulations

            Effective April 3, 1995

17.       Solid Waste Regulations

            Effective April 3, 1995

18.       Swimming Pools Regulations

            Effective April 3, 1995

19.       Toilet Facilities & Sewage Disposal Regulations

            Effective April 3, 1995

            Currently undergoing revision

20.       Marine and Fresh Water Quality Standard Regulations

            Effective April 3, 1995

 

 

                                                       

 

Water Quality Monitoring (Lab): (ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF EPA)

 

The personals of the Surveillance Water Quality Monitoring were fully certified by the US EPA in Colilert-18 and Enterolert

Names are as follow: 

Clayton Santos: Environmental Specialist II –Fully Certified in Colilert-18 and Enterolert ™ (Drinking waters and Marine water)

Fermin Scaliem: Environmental Technician II – Certified in Colilert-18 and Enterolert ™ (Drinking waters and Marine water)

Quinton Lawrence: Environmental Sanitation Aide -- Certified in Colilert-18 (drinking waters)

The project of the “Pohnpei educational and awareness material production” is sponsored by Japan Embassy and the Conservation Society of Pohnpei in partnership with Pohnpei EPA. Purpose of this is to highlight the increasing pollution issues facing our rivers island wide.

The Division of Water Quality Monitoring (Lab) is now in the state of putting up test results in regards with their water surveillance test on each recreational site around the island of Pohnpei.

Sign or Board sign locations are as followed:

1.      Pohnpei EPA’s office

2.      Governor’s Office

3.      Air-port

 

 




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