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NEPA serves notices for waste management breaches at Pedro Cays

Published:Friday | March 27, 2015 | 3:39 PM

The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) has served two Enforcement Notices on the Commissioner of Lands and the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries for breaches of the Natural Resources Conservation Authority (NRCA) Act at the Pedro Cays.

NEPA says they were cited for failure to install appropriately designed management system for the containment, treatment and disposal of human faeces and urine.

They were also cited for the accumulation of solid waste at the Cays due to the absence of appropriate waste management provisions.

NEPA says the latest action was taken because of the ministry’s failure to comply with requirements outlined in a November 26, 2014 following an assessment of the Cay. 

It says the Commissioner of Lands was enjoined in the Notices as the lands, water columns and floor of the sea are vested in the Crown.

The ministry and Commissioner of Lands have been given 30 days to comply with the notice, failing which further enforcement action will be taken as provided for under the NRCA Act. 

The Notices were served on Wednesday and will become effective on April 24.