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45 Companies Given Until February 24 To Comply

Permanent secretary Joshua Wycliffe said over the last several months, the Environment Department had furthered its compliance drive coupled with awareness programmes.
19 Feb 2021 09:41
45 Companies Given Until February 24 To Comply
Companies which clean ship hulls and do underwater service and inspection have also been given non-compliance notices by the Department of Environment. Photo: Ronald Kumar

The 45 businesses issued with non-compliance notices by the Department of Environment have until February 24 to comply or face fines of up to half a million dollars.

These companies were operating from the Laucala Industrial area and some at Walu Bay in Suva. The companies were given the notices after a recent inspection by the Environment Department.

Some companies said they were not aware of the breach, but the department said the law was clear. Some companies have either been reluctant or have refused to apply for a permit while some of the non-compliance issues were more serious.

Permanent secretary Joshua Wycliffe said over the last several months, the Environment Department had furthered its compliance drive coupled with awareness programmes.

“This has contributed to the identification of individual facilities operating without the required permits from the department,” Mr Wycliffe said.

Dive Centre Fiji operated by Johnathan Smith was among the companies issued with the non-compliance notice.

Mr Smith said he had no idea why he was issued with the non-compliance notice. He said the company did not carry any work which would require them to apply for a permit.

Mr Wycliffe said this was not true.

“The non-compliance notices clearly indicated (ticked in bold) that it is solid and liquid waste. It is very disappointing to note that truth is being skirted,” Mr Wycliffe said.

Also given the notice was Patterson Shipping.

Managing director, George Patterson, said they were ready to rectify.

Pioneer Concrete owner Avinesh Ram said the company was seeking the required permit.

Edited by Selita Rabuku

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