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EPA boosts NRA with refrigerant identifiers

EPA boosts NRA with refrigerant identifiers

The Environmental Protection Agency S/L (EPA) has completed distribution of refrigerant identifiers to the National Revenue Authority (NRA) Customs Entry post at the Gendema-Mano River Union bridge-Pujehun and the Gbalamuya Customs Post-Kambia.

According to officials of EPA the refrigerant identifiers are meant to detect any ozone depleting substance that may come in and out of the country.

Delivering the items to custom officers, a member of the board, Bishop Tamba Allieu Koroma, said all parts of our lives have been touched by ozone depleting substances.

“Prior to the 1980s, chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and other ozone depleting substances were pervasive in modern life,” he stated. “The phasing out of these has also made a substantial contribution towards the reduction in green house gas emissions since their global warming potential is very high.”

The Principal collector NRA Sulaiman Bangura, assured management of EPA of his organization’s cautious and diligent use of the identifiers in preventing ultraviolet radiation that can damage sensitive crNRAops and people around the globe.

The national ozone officer, Victor Sawyer, informed custom officers that the Montreal protocol has been ratified by over 190 countries of which Sierra Leone is of no exception.

He furthered that each of the countries are committed to meeting strict time bound reduction obligations for each of the nearly 100 substances controlled by the protocol.

The vital measures undertaken by the protocol parties to achieve these reductions are helping to protect human health and the environment, he concluded.

A training on how to use the refrigerant identifiers was done by both the President of Refrigeration Engineers and Technicians Association, Peter Conteh, and a lecturer at the Government Technical Institute.

By Rose Konima Steven

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