The Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality was established by Executive Order No. 2013-24. On November 12, 2013 Honorable Governor Eloy S. Inos issued Executive Order No. 2013-24, reorganizing and merging the previously separate and locally mandated Division of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and Coastal Resources Management (CRM) entities under the newly established Bureau of Environmental & Coastal Quality (BECQ) agency under the Executive Branch. Based on EO 2013-24, the main purpose of the merger is to enhance efficiency and positive collaboration between the two environmental entities through integration of services and strategic goals, sharing of resources, and elimination of overlapping responsibilities.
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Community Members Urged To Join Coastal Cleanup This Weekend - FRIDAY SEPT 26TH AND SATURDAY SEPT 27TH
THE 29th Annual International Coastal Cleanup will take place Friday and Saturday, Sept. 26 and 27, and event organizer Avra Heller said it is not too late for anyone to sign up and help free the ocean of trash and debris.
“Get your friends, family, coworkers, club members, and anyone else to take an hour or two out of their Friday or Saturday and pick up trash. Join in CNMI’s and the world’s fight to keep our seas trash free,” Heller said.
The cleanup will be held from 2:30 pm to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, and from 8:30 am to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday for those who can’t join the event of Friday.
“This is an excellent opportunity for the whole community to come together and enrich the beauty of our islands,” Heller said.
The cleanup is also a part of the Let’s Move Marianas campaign.
Heller said that last year, CNMI volunteers picked up a total of 10,488 pounds of trash —748 volunteers from Saipan collected 5,660 pounds of trash; 263 volunteers from Tinian collected 1,002 pounds of trash; and 634 volunteers collected 3,826 pounds of trash on Rota.
To sign up for the cleanup, contact Avra Heller at 664-8500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For volunteers on Rota, contact Bill Pendergrass at email@example.com or 532-0466, or sign up online and use the form found here: http://bit.ly/1uxFEfj/.
WHILE many Pacific marine conservationists, fishermen and fishery groups have expressed their opposition to President Obama’s proposal to expand the Pacific Islands Marine National Monument, the Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality is still looking into it.
In an interview, BECQ Administrator Frank Rabauliman said they are “weighing the positive effects of the expansion.”
He added, “The Pacific area is a sanctuary for marine creatures and the way to preserve it is to create a monument or expand the monument.”
He said the Pacific waters contribute to the Pacific Islander’s heritage, culture and traditions, and it is important to preserve the ocean that connects the people.
But Rabauliman said he also understands why fishermen want continued access to fishing waters.
Under Obama’s proposed expansion, commercial fishing will be prohibited within the marine monument area which will increase from the present 83,000 square miles to 755,000 square miles.
Last month Pacific leaders expressed their strong objection to the proposed expansion.
CNMI Gov. Eloy Inos, the Western Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Council as well as the governments of Guam and American Samoa each sent a letter to the White House expressing their concerns about the possible impact of the expansion on the culture and economy of Pacific islanders.
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The CNMI Coral Reef Initiative (CRI) was founded in 2003 in partnership with NOAA's Coral Reef Conservation Program. The CRI is a cross-agency initiative between the Division of Coastal Resources Management and the Division of Environmental Quality of which both are under the Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality, and the Division of Fish and Wildlife. These agencies work together to protect and preserve CNMI's coral reef ecosystems and ensure responsible management of these resources. This work is achieved through biological monitoring, habitat restoration, research, enforcement, and education and outreach.
BECQ Active on Site Inspections for Illegal Pesticide Products
The Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality has been vigorous in conducting site inspections to crack down on the sale of illegally imported misbranded, unregistered pesticides and pesticide devices in the Commonwealth.
BECQ staff have been diligently inspecting distributors, retailers and wholesalers to ensure that illegal pesticide products are not on store shelves for resale to the public. Over the last month, a number of businesses have been issued notice of violations as well as violation fines due to the failure of businesses in removing these illegal products promptly. Just several weeks ago, BECQ issued another hefty violation fine of $3,000.00 to a retailer for the importation and resale of illegal unregistered pesticide devices.
The Administrator wants to continuously remind all distributors, retailers and wholesalers that all pesticide products to be imported, sold or used in the Commonwealth must have the required labeling that conforms to US EPA requirements. He further encourages businesses to take immediate action to remove illegal pesticides from their storefronts or establishments to avoid hefty violation fines and fees.
"The importation, sale and use of illegal pesticides puts the health and safety of our communities at risk," Frank Rabauliman, Administrator for the Bureau, said. "Store owners and wholesalers have a responsibility to make sure the pesticide chemicals and devices they import and sell have the required EPA labels."
Before a pesticide product is registered, the producer of the product must provide data from tests conducted according to EPA guidelines to ensure that the product will not be harmful to people’s health or natural resources. The EPA examines the ingredients and the way in which the product will be used and assesses a wide variety of potential human health and environmental effects associated with its use. Distributors and retailers are responsible for ensuring that all pesticides distributed and sold fully comply with the law.
Under CNMI Pesticide regulation, it is also unlawful for any person within the CNMI to offer to deliver to another person any pesticide that is unregistered, misbranded, banned or cancelled.
For more information about the status of legality of a pesticide, please contact the Pesticide Program at 664-8500/11 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org . You are also encouraged to visit www.deq.gov.mp for general information about pesticides or to download the pesticide regulations.
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