Government Seeks Feedback on Monetary Penalties to Enforce Environment Act

Environment

May 26, 2015 11:40 AM

Government is seeking feedback from Nova Scotians on proposed changes to the Environment Act that would allow new monetary penalties for companies that do not comply with environmental approvals.

The penalties would apply to people and companies with approvals for programs with industrial activities, asbestos, dangerous goods, municipal sewage, water treatment, solid waste and registered public water suppliers. The penalties would be levied by the department, rather than through the court system.

The province is encouraging those with approvals and the public to review a discussion document and submit comments by June 24. The document is available at http://novascotia.ca/nse/resources/public.consultation.asp .

Monetary penalties would provide more options when people and companies are not complying with terms and conditions of operating approvals or those for registered drinking water suppliers.


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     Government is considering allowing monetary penalties for

those who are breaking the law under the Environment Act.

     The proposed penalties would apply to those with approvals

involving industrial activities, asbestos, dangerous goods,

municipal sewage, water treatment, solid waste and registered

public water suppliers.

     The penalties would be levied by the department, rather

than through the court system.

     The Department of Environment is encouraging the public and

those with approvals to read a discussion document about the

penalties and provide feedback.

      The paper is posted on the department's website under

public consultation. Comments will be accepted until June 24th.

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