Businesses in Fiji reminded of compliance to standards

A view of the Suva CBD. Picture: SUPPLIED/FILE

Businesses and facilities around Fiji have been reminded to meet the national environmental standards set under the Environment Management Act 2005, and its subsequent regulations.

Director Environment Sandeep Singh also advised businesses to comply with permit conditions issued by the department.

While opening the Ministry of Environment’s Waste and Pollution Control roundtable meeting in Nadi yesterday, she said they had found some business facilities not complying with the emission and wastewater discharge standards set out in the Environment Management (Waste Disposal and Recycling) Regulations 2007.

“We are and will continue to clamp down on businesses and facilities who continue to operate without meeting the national standards and our approval conditions,” Ms Singh said.

“The effects of these unsustainable and non-environment friendly practices are multifaceted.

“It contaminates sources of drinking water, releases unwanted toxins into the air, reduces the quality of soil, affects human health, leads to biodiversity loss, and accelerates climate change. These effects are causing chaos globally,” she added.

Ms Singh said environmental protection and pollution prevention and or abatement was an essential component of sustainable practices of commercial and industrial facilities, and should be embedded in the everyday operations and practices of facilities and industries.

In this financial year, the department has issued 94 non-compliance and 17 prohibition notices to businesses and facilities that were either operating illegally, without a permit, not meeting national standards and not complying with our approval conditions, she said.

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