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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Pesticide Storage Fees
The Bureau of Environmental Quality recently published the Adoption of Rule regarding the Pesticide Storage Fees in the Commonwealth Register, Volume 37, Number 1 dated January 28, 2015.
The purpose and objective of the rule is to ensure compliance with the CNMI Pesticide Regulations. The Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality, Division of Environmental Quality ('DEQ"), requires the consignee/importer who imports a pesticide or device that has been detained or denied entry and impounded, shall pay a non-refundable storage fee. These fees shall be based on the volume and characteristics. Additional fees related to cartage, labor, shipping, and disposal costs may be assessed in accordance with the Pesticide Regulations.
Frank M. Rabauliman, BECQ Administrator, says BECQ wants to ensure the safety and welfare of DEQ employees, the agents that intercept the illegal pesticides and most especially members of the public and the protection of the environment. Thus, while awaiting proper disposition of detained, seized or impounded pesticides, we need the ability to charge a nominal storage fee.
According to Camacho, pesticides branch manager, the BECQ will assess a non-refundable storage fee of $15 per day for each storage container (i.e. 55-gallon drum) starting from the date of interception by DEQ or authorized agents, until the pesticides and or devices are returned or disposed. “It is important that we recover some costs with storage as the agency and importer are negotiating disposal or shipment,” added Camacho.
For more information about the storage fees, please contact BECQ at 664-8500 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
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