The Environmental Management Authority (EMA) said it will no longer be accepting Noise Variation Requests for the use of fireworks.
In an update via social media, the EMA said approval for these applications do not fall under the remit of the EMA:
“Approvals required for the discharge of fireworks do not fall within the remit of the EMA, which is governed by the Environmental Management Act. The public is advised that the primary pieces of legislation governing fireworks in Trinidad and Tobago are the Explosives Act, the Summary Offences Act and the Fireworks Permit Regulations.”
The EMA reminded the public of the “damaging impacts of traditional fireworks on human health and the welfare of animals”.
The EMA said in its Position Paper on the Management of Fireworks in Trinidad and Tobago it recommended a ban on traditional noise-producing fireworks.
The EMA said noise reducing fireworks is an acceptable alternative.
The EMA said the position paper can be accessed at www.ema.co.tt.
The EMA said comments and queries regarding Noise Variations should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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