Natural Resources Conservation (NRCA) Act

Natural Resources Should Not be Destroyed

The monitoring and protection of our environment is important, not just for us but for future generations. The Natural Resources Conservation Authority (NRCA) is therefore equipped by law, to serve notice on any person involved in any activity which damages or poses a threat to our natural resources or to public health and safety. Depending on the extent of the damage, the offender might be asked to put steps in place to restore the natural resources or immediately stop the offending activity.

Discharge of Trade Effluent without Licence is Illegal

It is a breach of this Act for anyone who does not possess a licence from the Natural Resources Conservation Authority (NRCA), to discharge waste or polluting matter into our surroundings. Consumers should make reports to the NRCA or the Consumer Affairs Commission if they see the discharge of sewage, poisonous matter or trade effluent into water or into/onto the ground.

Waste Disposal Facilities Must be Kept in Proper Working Condition

Persons who are responsible for waste disposal facilities have a responsibility for their proper functioning. The NRCA has the right to request information from owners and operators of such facilities to assess their working condition. Persons who fail to submit the information can be fined or imprisoned. The NRCA is empowered to protect our environment.

Pollution of Our Waters is Illegal

The NRCA Act protects consumers from various forms of pollution, for example air and water pollution. Where water is concerned, the Act provides that the NRCA can serve a Notice on any occupier of land who has been causing or is likely to cause the pollution of water. Anyone who fails to comply with the Notice has committed an offence and can be fined or imprisoned. 


Provided by Ministry of Justice