Tuesday 25 February, 2020

EMA: Import noiseless fireworks

The Environmental Management Authority (EMA) says it has observed calls by several stakeholders, including the Emperor Valley Zoo, to ban the importation of traditional fireworks.

It follows a statement by the Zoo which revealed on Friday, that a baby male kangaroo died following the shock and trauma caused by Independence Day Fireworks.

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In a release responding to the plead the EMA said, instead, that it supports and recommends as an alternative, the importation of noiseless fireworks.

"This will provide a solution to the noise pollution and discomfort to animals and citizens," it said.

The EMA also sought to remind that it revised the Trinidad and Tobago National Environmental Policy (NEP) which was approved by Cabinet in 2018.

The NEP (2018), Section 2.03, states that “it is Government’s policy that noise, from all sources, will be managed to ensure that the health and well-being of all citizens will be respected."

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