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Environmental Protection Units Mobilized to Patrol Areas Affected by Bird Flu
  • Category : Climate & Air
  • Country : Chinese Taipei
  • Date : 2017-09-28
  • Hit : 40
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  • Recommend : 1
Environmental Inspection Environmental Protection Units Mobilized to Patrol Areas Affected by Bird Flu In response to the recent outbreak of avian influenza, the EPA has deployed emergency response units to control the affected areas and prevent further spread of the disease. Local environmental protection bureaus are to strengthen patrols in local poultry farms to prevent illegal dumping of carcasses and to assist agricultural agencies in disease control. To contain the disease and safeguard public health, the EPA has formulated the 2016 Avian Influenza Prevention and Patrol Plan, which was announced by local environmental protection bureaus in cooperation with the Central Emergency Response Center for Avian Influenza. According to the plan, poultry deliveries in the nation were banned for seven days starting 17 February 2017, during which patrols were reinforced.
Environmental Protection Units Mobilized to Patrol Areas Affected by Bird Flu In response to the recent outbreak of avian influenza, the EPA has deployed emergency response units to control the affected areas and prevent further spread of the disease. Local environmental protection bureaus are to strengthen patrols in local poultry farms to prevent illegal dumping of carcasses and to assist agricultural agencies in disease control. To contain the disease and safeguard public health, the EPA has formulated the 2016 Avian Influenza Prevention and Patrol Plan, which was announced by local environmental protection bureaus in cooperation with the Central Emergency Response Center for Avian Influenza. According to the plan, poultry deliveries in the nation were banned for seven days starting 17 February 2017, during which patrols were reinforced. After the recent avian flu breakout, the EPA’s Bureau of Environmental Inspection has been cooperating with the Seventh Special Police Corps and local environmental protection bureaus to conduct inspections in the vicinity of poultry farms for carcasses dumped illegally. Also, unmanned aerial vehicles have been deployed to conduct surveillance, collect evidence and prevent any further environmental problems that may arise. To better control the disease, the EPA has sent investigation personnel to conduct inspections in person. If a large amount of carcasses are found, inspectors are to immediately contact animal health inspection authorities. The animal health inspection authorities will provide assistance in burning poultry carcasses and disinfecting the environment. The EPA expects to prevent the disease from further spreading by combining forces with other government agencies. The EPA indicates that it will continue to work closely with agricultural agencies to carry out lateral communications and disease control. The northern, central, and southern branches of the Bureau of Environmental Inspection have been working in collaboration with local environmental protection bureaus to reinforce patrols around affected areas and sites with high potential for the occurrence of illegal dumping. This method can not only prevent illegal dumping of carcasses, but can also speed up emergency response if any illegal activity is discovered. Illegal dumping of carcasses can set back disease control and contribute to propagation of the virus. Therefore, the EPA points out that illegal dumping of poultry carcasses is in violation of the storage, clearance, and disposal regulations stipulated in Article 36 of the Waste Disposal Act and can incur fines between NT$6,000 and NT$30,00,000 in accordance with Article 52.
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