Tighter environmental laws and more effective policing of them – that’s what the Environmental Health Department is promoting.
Chief Environmental Health Officer Anthony Scotland told a one day workshop focusing on “Training on Courtroom Procedures” that he is not satisfied with the work and output of law officers in his department when reporting on environmental crime.
“After we review the procedures, we realize that we are not satisfied with the areas of enforcement. We have done a lot of work in terms of education and service but you still go out and see a lot of people violating the law,” Scotland told participants.
“We need to let them know that we have legislation as part of our function,” he said.
According to the Chief Environmental Health Officer, the laws put in place to make the lives of people easier are not being enforced.
He wants developed a culture of law enforcement in Dominica.
“A lot of the times one of two people in a community can cause disruption to the health of other people. There is a human right for having good health but that can be impeded by the poor action of one’s neighbor or others in the community,” he added.
The health official said he was very concerned about air and noise contamination and the pollution of the country’s rivers.
He also highlighted occupational health and safety as another area which needs attention.
“We are hoping that the officers get more entwined with the laws governing environmental health,” Scotland added.