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KNOW YOUR ENVIRONMENTAL COURT
Although the Environmental Court was established to deal exclusively with matters arising out of the
environment it has all the powers of a High Court of Justice, it being a superior court of record.
These powers are enshrined in the EM Act and include: punishing for contempt of court, enforcing its own
orders, requiring the attendance and examination of witnesses, permitting the entry on and inspection of
property, requiring the production and inspection of documents, and all other matters necessary or proper
for the due exercise of its jurisdiction.
One may well ask what types of matters are dealt with by the Environmental Commission.
The EC has jurisdiction to hear and determine issues such as appeals from decisions or actions of the
Environmental Management Authority as speci cally authorized by the EM Act; application for deferment of
decisions by the EMA to undertake certain emergency activities; application for deferment of designations
by the EMA of "environmentally sensitive species";
Appeals from any determination by the EMA to disclose information or materials claimed as a trade secret or
con dential business information, complaints brought by persons pursuant to section 69 of the EM Act
otherwise known as Direct Private Party Actions, an appeal where the EMA has failed to comply with the
requirement for public participation.
Appeal against a decision of the EMA to reject a claim under the Certi cate of Environmental Clearance
Rules that information supplied in an application is a trade secret or con dential business information and
should be excluded from the National Register of Certi cates of Clearance, among other issues.
Next week this column will be looking at how the Jurisdiction of the EC is exercised which will make for
interesting reading as the previous two columns have provided.
The Environmental Commission of Trinidad and Tobago
Corner of St Vincent and New Streets, Port-of-Spain
Tel: (868) 625-7353, 627-9186/3432
Fax: (868) 627-0871
Supported by the European Union.
Led by former Pan Trinbago vice
president Keith Dyer, Diatonic Pan
Institute of Siparia represented T&T
at the 2014 North Carolina s Official
International Folklore Festival in Folk-
This festival, a two-week celebration
of the world s cultural heritage through
folk music and dance, was held on July
This year, some 250 colourfully
costumed traditional dancers and
musicians from Taiwan (Chinese
Taipei), Trinidad, Colombia, Russia,
Turkey, Romania, and Hawaii, USA,
along with groups representing
Appalachian and Cherokee cultures,
Headquartered at the Folkmoot
Friendship Center in Waynesville, about
25 miles west of Asheville, the festival
is now 28 years old and more than 200
groups from 100 countries have attend-
ed the event in that time.
Performances took place in 12 cities,
including Asheville, Hendersonville,
Franklin, Burnsville, Maggie Valley and
Diatonic shows off T&T
culture in US festival
BET has suspended a
producer after a joke
about Beyonce and Jay
Z s daughter that aired
Monday on the net-
work s music video
countdown show, 106
A source at BET said
the producer was sus-
pended after a remark
about two-year-old Blue
Ivy s hair.
On Monday s show
during a segment about
Blue Ivy s hypothetical
thoughts during Sun-
day s MTV Video Music
Awards, guest host Kar-
rueche Tran said: "I real-
ly did wake up like this,
because my parents
never comb my hair."
Blue Ivy joined her
mother onstage at the
Stephen Hill, BET s
president of music pro-
gramming and specials,
publicly apologised on
"Last night on 106 &
Park there was a stupid,
unthoughtful joke made
about a young child," Hill
Hill also said the net-
work privately apologised
to Beyonce and Jay Z.
BET didn t return an
e-mail seeking comment
Tran, who has dated
singer Chris Brown,
tweeted Tuesday that
she did not write the
joke. She wrote: "Now
y all know I LOVE me
some Beyonce and Blue
Hill also tweeted that
it was not Tran s fault.
"We also apologise to
her for putting her in
that position," he wrote.
BET suspends producer
after Blue Ivy joke
The musicians of Diatonic Pan Institute perform at North Carolina's official
International Folklore Festival.
give their US
taste of the
Beyonce on stage hugs Jay Z and their daughter
Blue Ivy as she accepts the Video Vanguard Award
at the MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum, in
Inglewood, California. AP PHOTO
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