The EMA says measures are being taken to address noise pollution.
This follows yet more complaints from persons living in the vicinity of the Brian Lara Stadium, following a fete this weekend.
The EMA says so far for 2022, it has received over 118 noise complaints and responded to 61% of these.
It also outlined what it says are several recent initiatives to address the scourge of noise pollution:
- Appealed a High Court decision, which is currently before the Court of Appeal of Trinidad and Tobago namely Civ. Appeal P133-2021 Environmental Management Authority v. Wild Goose Limited which the EMA expects will settle the law in relation to the power of the EMA and the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service to shut down events and the circumstances in which this power should be exercised;
- In March 2022, the EMA successfully amended Rule 2 of the Noise Pollution Control Rules, 2001 (NPCR), thus reducing the timeframe required to monitor noise levels from three (3)hours to thirty (30) minutes. This amendment increases the EMA’s ability to monitor a larger number of events and activities in a given day and generate noise level readings with greater efficiency;
- Issued a Notice of Violation to the Event Managers regarding the event at the Brian Lara Stadium in Tarouba on 15 May 2022 in accordance with the provisions of Environmental Management Act Chap.35:05;
- Commenced a collaborative partnership with the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS), which saw Heads of all Divisions of the TTPS present at the inaugural meeting, to boost the EMA’s efforts in capacity building and field training of TTPS officers on the use of noise metres and clarify the role and responsibilities of controlling noise pollution by the TTPS in Trinidad and Tobago; and
- Engaged in discussions with the Trinidad and Tobago Promoters Association (TTPA) to determine noise mitigation strategies, the inclusion of noise monitoring stations at major events, for more robust monitoring of noise levels and education of members of the TTPA on noise mitigation strategies and compliance with existing laws governing noise pollution.
The EMA insisted as well that while there is much more work to be done, it is neither impervious nor silent.