Current Media Releases

Enforcement Action Taken For Sand Mining In The Rio Grande River

September 15, 2020

The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) has issued two site warning notices to Agro Expo Farms Limited following an investigation into a video circulated on social media on September 10, 2020, showing two of the company’s trucks carrying out sand mining in the Rio Grande River in the parish of Portland.

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NEPA Investigating Illegal Lignum Vitae Export

September 2, 2020

The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) is investigating a report of the illegal export of a sculpture made from Lignum Vitae to a Western European Country. The Agency was notified by the Country’s Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) Management Authority on August 21, 2020. The craft item has been seized by the importing country, pending the investigation.

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Over 700 Primary School Teachers Educated Through The NEPA Junior Environment Programme

August 13, 2020

The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) and Ministry of Education Youth and Information (MOEYI) collaborated to provide environmental education to over 700 primary school teachers at the grade four to six level, through the NEPA Junior Environment Programme (NJEP).

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Game Bird Hunting Season Opens Saturday August 15 2020

August 3, 2020

The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) is announcing the dates for the game bird shooting season. The 2020 Game Bird Shooting Season is declared to open on Saturday, August 15, 2020 and close on Sunday, September 20, 2020.

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Sargassum Influx On Jamaican Coastline

June 11, 2020

The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) is advising the public to expect an increase of mats of the brown seaweed known as Sargassum along several beaches across the island in the upcoming months.

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Integrated Waste Management For A Cleaner Jamaica

March 6, 2020

On Thursday, March 5, 2020, the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) in partnership with the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) hosted part one of a policy dialogue session focusing on developing an integrated waste management system for Jamaica.

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NEPA offering reward for crocodile killers

March 5, 2020

The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) is offering a reward to anyone who is able to provide information that will assist in the arrest and charge of the men seen in videos last week killing a crocodile.

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NEPA appealing for help to catch crocodile killers

February 29, 2020

The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) is aware of a series of videos and photographs depicting the killing of a crocodile on a fishing beach. The Agency has commenced its investigation and coordination with its partner agencies to find the perpetrators of this gruesome act.

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NEPA Continues Islandwide Clampdown On Single Use Plastic Bags

February 19, 2020

Since January 2020, thirty-seven companies and individuals have been brought before parish courts for breaches of the Natural Resources Conservation Authority (Plastic Packaging Materials Prohibition- PPM) Order. Of the thirty-seven matters mentioned, twenty-five businesses pleaded guilty and were convicted which brings the number of convictions to date under the Order to twenty-five.

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Twelve Businesses In Western Jamaica Convicted For Breaching Plastic Packaging Materials Prohibition Orders

Janaury 22, 2020

Twelve businesses in Western Jamaica were today convicted for breaches of the ban on single-use plastics by the St James and Trelawny Parish Courts. The establishments convicted, which included, restaurants, grocery and clothing stores were fined sums ranging from $10,000.00 - $20,000.00 or a term of one-year imprisonment at hard labour.

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Petroleum Spill In Rockfort, East Kingston

Janaury 8, 2020

The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) received a report from Rubis Energy Jamaica Limited of a pollution incident at its Rockfort facility in East Kingston on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at approximately 1:28 p.m. The company reported that there was a release of petroleum products, which entered the terrestrial and marine environment.

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