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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Hear all about the Marianas Trench at First Friday Films - Dec. 5, 2014 @ 6:30 pm @ American Memorial Park
First Friday Films is featuring the Marianas Trench in its program this Friday, December 5th at 6:30pm at American Memorial Park.
The public is invited to join us for two free films this Friday. First, travel with us on the “First Voyage to the Marianas Trench Marine National Monument” with a local film produced by APASEEM in 2012 about the expedition to the newly created monument. Then we will show episode 3 from CBC’s One Ocean series entitled Mysteries of the Deep.
Mysteries of the Deep joins a team of scientists, ranging from biologists to volcanologists on an international expedition to the Mariana Arc. Every day they make new discoveries about the outlandish deep-sea dwellers and dramatic underwater volcanoes. But even as scientists catalog these new findings, industrial fisheries are also delving further into deep waters in an attempt to replace diminishing fish stocks along the coasts. Can technology help us understand this little-known world before it’s altered further?
Before the film, representatives from the CNMI’s Marine Monitoring Team will share photos, stories and research from their 2014 expeditions to the Northern Islands, including parts of the Marianas Trench Marine National Monument.
First Friday Films is a partnership between American Memorial Park, the Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality and the Humanities Council with support from other organizations and individuals. These particular films are sponsored by APASEEM and BECQ. As always, our film events are free and open to the public. This event will run approximately 90 minutes.
Check out the Coral Reef Initiative Website - Simply Click On The Logo To Get You There!
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 email@example.com . 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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