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NEPA issues 131 enforcement instruments to illegal beach operators

Published:Tuesday | February 25, 2014 | 11:12 AM

The National Environment Planning Agency (NEPA) has declared that it will be relentless in its quest to improve compliance rate among beach operators, after revealing that the agency issued a total of 131 enforcement instruments for the period 2012-2013, to persons who have been operating illegally.



Acting director of NEPA's Applications Management Branch, Ainsley Henry, says the issue has been a concern for the agency, as individuals make little or no effort in getting in line with the law.



He says in addition to those who have been operating illegally, between January of 2012 and December 2013, 102 enforcement instruments were issued for persons who have licenses but have been breaching its condition.



He says the agency recognises that enforcement has been an issue and so it is taking aggressive steps in ensuring that there is compliance.



Henry says the agency is considering taking legal actions which will include asking the operators to close down operations if they fall short.



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