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EMA tackles unauthorised scrap dealing

Originally posted 20th January 2020

The Environmental Management Authority (EMA) said it is engaging with the Trinidad and Tobago Scrap Iron Dealers Association (TTSIDA) on requirements for obtaining a Certificate of Environmental Clearance (CEC).

In a statement, the EMA said it held a stakeholder engagement on January 17, 2020 to discuss these activities, their environmental impacts and procedure for approvals to carry out these operations. 

The EMA said its jurisdiction lies with “assessing environmental impacts associated with projects within the Designated List of Activities”.

“Two such activities that relate to the TTSIDA are DA36 (the establishment of a facility for hazardous or toxic substance handling and DA37 (recovery, recycling or incineration of waste),” the EMA said.

The EMA said through the CEC process and in accordance with CEC rules, the agency would make a determination as to whether or not a CEC is required.

The EMA added that the requirement to obtain a CEC is separate from the requirement for an Old Metal and Marine Stores Dealers Licence.

The EMA said the TTSIDA was further advised that the EMA cannot direct or instruct the court, or its Licensing Committee, as it relates to documents required for the granting of an Old Metal and Marine Store Dealers Licence.

The EMA said it is guided by the Environmental Management Act which is supported by subsidiary pieces of legislation, including the Certificate of Environmental Clearance (CEC) Rules and the CEC (Designated Activities) Order which were both in affect since 2001.

The CEC Rules guide the assessment of small and large-scale developmental projects while the CEC (Designated Activities) Order (as amended) defines the 44 activities which require a CEC.

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