New Bill proposes KES 150k pollution fine
24 January 2014, 11:43
Vihiga - Persons who degrade the environment in Vihiga County will be required to pay hefty fines of up to KES 150 000 if a Bill that has been drafted by the County Ministry of Environment will be passed into law.
The Bill, which is yet to be submitted to the County assembly, stipulates heavy fines for those who intentionally pollute the environment.
“Discharging effluent or any type of liquid or solid waste into a body of water while untreated will be an offence that will attract more than KES 150 000,” County executive committee member in charge of Environment, Forests, Natural Resources and Water, Halima Abdi, said.
Polluting the atmosphere will attract a fine of not less than KES 100 000, while disposing of solid waste in any area or manner not approved by the authority will attract a fine of KES 75 000.
Halima said that the County was working towards a clean environment that will boost healthcare.
“It shall remain the responsibility of the person who generate waste to participate in waste management at all levels through groups, committees, associations or any other forum in ensuring a clean and safe environment for all,” she said.
She observed that the Act, when enacted, shall recognise efforts made by individuals, organisations, groups, institutions and especially Town, Estates and Market committees in ensuring a clean, safe and healthy environment for all so long as the efforts, regulations or acts are within the law.
Those who will interfere with any disposal facility will have committed an offence and shall be liable to summary conviction and pay a fine of KES 75 000.
The Bill further proposes that anyone who operates a solid waste disposal facility, provides solid waste collecting or transfer services or otherwise manages solid waste without a valid licence or operating certificate will pay KES 75 000.
To reduce the amount of litter in the towns, those who throw, drop or otherwise deposit and leave any litter in any public place will pay up to KES 50 000.
Those who like contributing to the defacement of certain places, building wall, fence or structure by fixing stuff on them, shall be liable to a penalty of KES 50 000.
Residents who leave their animals wandering in the public places like the market centres or urban centres will be liable to an offence and will pay the County government KES 10 000.
Spitting, urinating and defecating anywhere without a medical prescription will force individuals to cough up to KES 20 000.
Noise pollution that exceeds the set standards under the new law will attract a fine of KES 50 000.
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