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  • A total of $14 million has been set aside in the 2015/16 Estimates of Expenditure, currently before the House of Representatives, to effect the National Quick Start Programme Trust Fund Project, in the Ministry of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change.
  • The project, formerly known as the Globally Harmonized System of the Classification and Labelling of Chemicals, is being implemented by the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA).
  • It aims to build Jamaica’s capacity to manage chemicals in an environmentally sound manner.

A total of $14 million has been set aside in the 2015/16 Estimates of Expenditure, currently before the House of Representatives, to effect the National Quick Start Programme Trust Fund Project, in the Ministry of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change.

The project, formerly known as the Globally Harmonized System of the Classification and Labelling of Chemicals, is being implemented by the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA).

It aims to build Jamaica’s capacity to manage chemicals in an environmentally sound manner.

Of the money allocated for the new fiscal year, $2.8 million will be used for developing and submitting first draft of Chemicals Legislation to the Chief Parliamentary Counsel; $5 million to develop inventory for selected priority chemicals; $1.1million to establish a National Programme for environmentally sound management of e-wastes; and $3 million to develop a National Chemicals Emergency Risk Management Plan.

Physical achievements up to December 2014 include the signing of three Memoranda of Understanding with NEPA, National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA), and the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM).

Also, terms of reference developed for consultants to: update the national chemicals profile; and conduct Hazardous Waste Operations Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) training for key public sector personnel.