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WataLand fined $20,000 for operating without an environmental permit

Published:Tuesday | August 15, 2017 | 7:07 PM
Dancorp Limited was fined after pleaded guilty to breaching the Natural Resources Conservation Authority Act in the St Mary Parish Court.

The operators of the WataLand attraction in St Mary have been fined $20,000 for operating an Eco Tourism Facility without an environmental permit.

Dancorp Limited was fined after pleaded guilty to breaching the Natural Resources Conservation Authority Act (NRCA) in the St Mary Parish Court.

The company was taken to court by the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) in November 2015.

Director of NEPA’s Legal Services Division Morjorn Wallock says the Agency is taking a zero tolerance approach towards breaches.

She says the Agency recently completed an audit which revealed that a number of businesses are conducting activities without the required environmental permits and beach licenses.

According to Wallock, the legal and enforcement arm of the Agency has started a process that will result in most of these operators being brought before the court.

Wallock is advising business persons to contact NEPA if they are unsure of the required permits and licenses for their operations.

Persons who contravene section 9 of the NRCA Act and are found guilty may be fined up to $50,000 or sentenced to a term of imprisonment not exceeding two years or to both a fine and imprisonment.