Ram Charitra Sah, an ELAW partner, has recently accepted a 2011 Polychlorinated Biphenyl Elimination Network (PEN) award on behalf of his organization, the Center for Public Health and Environmental Development (CEPHED) in Nepal. Ram’s organization received the PEN award for its work in minimizing the use of PCB-contaminated oil through research, extended education, awareness, and advocacy campaigns to government organizations. The CEPHED works to provide the general public with access to scientific knowledge and technology through research and policy dialogue.

Ram Charitra Sah (left) receiving the PEN award from the Executive Director of the Stockholm Convention

The PEN award is sponsored by the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants, a global treaty that works to protect against chemicals that remain in the environment for long periods, are widely distributed, and have numerous adverse affects.

Each year, the PEN gives out eight awards that honor individuals or organizations from all over the world with outstanding achievements in the management of polychlorinated biphenyls.

CEPHED was nominated in cross-cutting issues, under the Capacity Building and Outreach Committee category. CEPHED has worked since 2004 to decrease the prevalence of PCB contaminated transformer oil in Nepal.

Congratulations to Mr. Sah and everyone at CEPHED on your much-deserved award!

Lauren Ice
ELAW Office Manager