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Minister seeks steeper fines for polluters

Published:Wednesday | May 6, 2015 | 5:00 AM

THE GOVERNMENT is to promulgate regulations to govern environmental impact assessments on this island.

Robert Pickersgill, minister of water, land, environment and climate change, said, in the Sectoral Debate last week, the regulations will also help in the management of protected areas.

Pickersgill also said he will be taking a submission to Cabinet, to "seek approval

to increase fines under the principal environment legislation, to assist in reinforcing the 'polluter pays principle', as well as to aid in changing the behaviour of our citizens."

The polluter-pays principle refers to making the party responsible for producing pollution responsible for paying for damage done to the natural environment.

The environmental section of the ministry is mandated to secure the protection and conservation of Jamaica's natural resources, the reduction and prevention of pollution, and the integration of environmental considerations into national development policies, plans and programmes.