Chemical Controls and Management Department (CCMD)

The following are key to Chemical and Hazardous Substances Management:

  1. Co-ordinate the activities of such bodies as it considers appropriate for the purposes of controlling the generation, treatment, storage, transportation and disposal of industrial waste;
  2. Advise the Executive Chairperson and the Board on the formulation of policies on all aspects of the environment and in particular make recommendation for the protection of the environment;
  3. Issue notices in the form of directives, procedures or warnings to such bodies as it may determine for the purpose of controlling the volume, intensity and quality of noise in the environment;
  4. Promote the establishment of national environmental standards;
  5. Prescribe standards and guidelines relating to ambient air, water and soil quality, the pollution of air, water, land and other forms of environmental pollution including the discharge of wastes and the control of toxic substances;
  6. Secure, in collaboration with such persons as it may determine the control and prevention of discharge of waste into the environment and the protection and improvement of the quality of the environment;
  7. Collaborate and coordinate with such foreign and international bodies as the Agency considers necessary for the purposes of this Act;
  8. Issue environmental permits and pollution abatement notices for controlling the volume, types, constituents and effects of waste discharges, emissions, deposits or other source of pollutants and of substances which are hazardous or potentially dangerous to the quality of the environment or any segment of the environment;
  9. Sample collection and Analysis
  10. Review Environmental Impact Statements and proffer alternatives
  11. Review all chemical management plans of companies and operates a national chemical database
  12. Supervises the implementation of Chemicals management projects within Sierra Leone.

The National Ozone Unit (NOU)

The NOU is the focal point in the Government for the implementation of the Montreal Protocol in Sierra Leone. It is located under the Policy, Planning and Research Directorate in the Environment Protection Agency.

It is responsible for initiating and sustaining all the roles of government as a party mentioned below:

  1. Prepare a Country Programme of Action and strategy (put a time frame for this and monitor progress)
  2. Design and implement the law and the financial measures to facilitate phase-out(time
  3. Coordinate the country activities for Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS) phase-out
  4. Consult with industries and other interested organizations the steps to be taken for ODS phase-out
  5. Present all its views and position in the Meeting of Parties and all working groups and committees
  6. Coordinate the technical and financial support of implementing agencies, bilateral agencies and the Funding Secretariat
  7. Organize and present awareness and training programmes for the industry, technicians, custom officers and the general public
  8. Create a national system for monitoring and reporting on national production and consumption of ODS
  9. Restriction on importation etc. of controlled substances
  10. Project implementation