Read "Dr. Carol James in the crosshairs" please...and excuse a minute while you do -gotta go, as, like Chalkdust, I think it's time to put on my guns again!
But, wait a sec! Keyboard warming up...here's what dropped from Dr. Carol's lips:
She for real? Eh, Peter O'C?
For the removal of all doubt that the Environmental Management Authority has the full responsiblity and attendant full power to sort out the mess which threatens the Asa Wright Nature Centre, particularly to bring National Quarries to book, lemme quote directly from the Environmental Management Act, Chapter 35:05, which Act is freely viewable/ at/from the Ministry of Legal Affairs website (Check: http://rgd.legalaffairs.gov.
“governmental entity” means any—
(b) statutory body; and
(c) other enterprise or institution which, in whole or in part, is publicly funded or owned by the government;
“natural resources” means the living plants, animals, organisms and other biological factors within the environment, and the geologic formations, mineral deposits, renewable and nonrenewable assets, and the habitat of the living plants, animals, organisms and other biological factors;
“pollution” means the creation or existence of any deviation from natural conditions within the environment, which based on technical, scientific or medical evidence is determined to cause or to be likely to cause harm to human health or the environment, resulting from—
(b) any other type of disturbance, whether by noise, energy, radiation, temperature variation, vibration, or objectionable odors;
“waste” includes any material discarded or intended to be discarded which—
(b) is otherwise identified by the Authority as a waste under section 55;
Section 3. This Act binds the State.
Section 4. The objects of this Act are to—
(b) encourage the integration of environmental concerns into private and public decisions;
(c) ensure the establishment of an integrated environmental management system in which the Authority, in consultation with other persons, determines priorities and facilitates coordination among governmental entities to effectively harmonise activities designed to protect, enhance and conserve the environment;
(d) develop and effectively implement written laws, policies and other programmes for and in relation to—
(ii) the government’s commitment to achieve economic growth in accordance with sound environmental practices;
(iii) the government’s international obligations; and
(e) enhance the legal, regulatory and institutional framework for environmental management.
Section 6. (1) There is hereby established a body corporate to be known as the Environmental Management Authority, which shall be governed by a Board of Directors consisting of the persons appointed in accordance with this section.
(2) One of the committees established by the Board shall—
(3) Personnel of the Authority and other governmental entities shall co-operate fully with and provide information requested by any committees, working groups or advisory councils established by the Board.
(b) develop and implement policies and programmes for the effective management and wise use of the environment, consistent with the objects of this Act;
(c) co-ordinate environmental management functions performed by persons in Trinidad and Tobago;
(d) make recommendations for the rationalisation of all governmental entities performing environmental functions;
(e) promote educational and public awareness programmes on the environment;
(f) develop and establish national environmental standards and criteria;
(g) monitor compliance with the standards criteria and programmes relating to the environment;
(h) take all appropriate action for the prevention and control of pollution and conservation of the
(i) establish and co-ordinate institutional linkages locally, regionally and internationally;
(j) perform such other functions as are prescribed; and
(k) undertake anything incidental or conducive to the performance of any of the foregoing functions.
(2) in performing its functions, the Authority shall facilitate co-operation among persons and manage the environment in a manner which fosters participation and promotes consensus, including the encouragement and use of appropriate means to avoid or expeditiously resolve disputes through mechanism for alternative dispute resolution.
Section 20. (1) The Authority has power to do all things necessary or convenient to be done for or in connection with the performance of its functions.