Environment Protection Agency

Vision:

“A Clean, Healthy and Well Protected Environment as well as Sustainable Development to cater for the needs of the Present and the Future Generations”

Mission:

  • Protecting indigenous ecosystems and biological diversity.
  • Managing pollution, wastes and hazardous substances.
  • Sustainable management of natural resources i.e. soils, water, watersheds, flora and fauna, land use.
  • Protecting human health from pollution and hazards.
  • Air quality monitoring and protection.
  • A focus on clean industrial production rather than end of pipe solutions/ CDM.

Powers of the agency:

Subject to the provisions of this Act, the Agency may;

a) Lease, purchase, acquire, own, hold, improve, use or otherwise deal in and with any property both movable and immovable;

b) Sell, convey, mortgage, pledge, exchange or otherwise dispose off its property and assets;

c) Fix and realize fees, rates and charges for rendering any service or providing any facility information or data under this Act or the rules and regulations made there under;

d) Enter into contracts, execute instruments, incur  liabilities and do all acts or things necessary for proper management and conduct of its business;

e) Appoint with the approval of the Government and in accordance with such procedures as may be prescribed, such advisers, experts and consultants as it considers necessary for the efficient performance of its functions on such terms and conditions as it may deem fit;

f) Summon and enforce the attendance of any person and require him to supply any information or document needed for the conduct of any inquiry or investigation into any environmental issue;

g) Enter and inspect and under the authority of a search warrant issued by the Environmental Tribunal or Environmental Magistrate, search at any reasonable time, any land, building, premises, vehicle or vessel or other place where or in which, there are reasonable grounds to believe that an offence under this Act has been or is being committed;

h) Take samples of any material, product article or substance or of the effluent, waste or air pollutant being discharged or emitted or of air, water or land in the vicinity of the discharge or emission;

i) Arrange for test and analysis of the samples at a certified laboratory;

j) Confiscate any article used in the commission of the offence where the offender is not known or cannot be found within a reasonable time;

Provided that the power under clauses (f), (h), (i) and (j) shall be exercised in accordance with the provisions of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1898 (Act V of 1898), or the rules made under this Act and under the direction of the Environmental Tribunal or Environmental Magistrate.