Justice Kevin Ramcharan in the Port of Spain High Court today refused the application for leave for judicial review filed by Fishermen and Friends of The Sea (FFOS) againt the Environmental Management Authority (EMA).
FFOS had contested that the issuance of the Certificate of Environmental Clearance for the “establishment of a 5000 metre highway alignment” was Illegal, null and void and ultra vires the EM Act and the National Environmental Policy. The Judge ruled that FFOS’ application was not filed prompty, there were no good reasons for extending the time and that none of the fourteen(14) grounds pleaded by FFOS had any reasonable prospect of success. The EMA’s rigorous process once again withstood the scrutiny of the Honourable Court and the EMA assures that it is well equipped to monitor compliance with the issued Certificate of Environmental Clearance to properly manage and protect the the Aripo Savannas, Environmentally Sensitive Area. The EMA, as the competent body in Trinidad and Tobago to advise on environmental issues, will continue to execute its mandate responsibly. Members of the public are reminded of the EMA’s Emergency Hotline at 680-9588 or email via complaints@ema.co.tt.