The National Environment and Planning Agency, NEPA is to increase its monitoring of the country’s air quality.

This was revealed by Governor General Sir Patrick Allen in the throne speech delivered in Gordon House yesterday.

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On Tuesday, Prime Minister Andrew Holness announced that cabinet had approved an Inter Ministerial Committee to develop a policy on emissions.

He said while Jamaica isn’t known for having a poor air quality he’d been paying attention to reports in the media about the deteriorating air quality in Portmore, St Catherine and other sections of the Kingston Metropolitan Region.

And, Sir Patrick says the government will be collaborating with key stakeholders in advancing the development of a beach access policy.

He says this was in recognition of the need to ensure members of the public have access to quality beaches.