Thursday, February 22, 2018

EMA says air safe in capital

The air in Port of Spain is safe.

The Environmental Management Authority (EMA) yesterday issued a release which stated that air quality tests were conducted which revealed that “levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and particulates are at acceptable levels”.

The tests were conducted at the same locations near the Brian Lara Promenade, near Sea Lots and near the Foreshore respectively.

However, according to the release, the technical team observed winds blowing in an easterly direction resulting in smoke covering a significant area of the Beetham.

The team conducted tests near the Maritime Plaza in Barataria to determine whether air quality was affected by the wind patterns, which revealed elevated levels of VOCs and particulates in comparison to readings taken near the POS and environs areas.

The release stated that the team will continue to monitor this development and update the public accordingly.

The EMA stated that its advisories were based on careful scientific analysis of the test results received.

“Scientific evidence is our absolute guide and we stand by our methods to assess the air quality in these affected areas. The public should be guided by reliable data and take the necessary precautions to safeguard their health, as each individual will respond differently to the smoke emanating from these fires,” stated Dr Allan Bachan, EMA chairman.

He reassured that the EMA will continue to work with other state agencies to monitor the situation until air quality levels have regularised.