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Environmental Health Reminds of Sanitation Law and Fines

by: - December 23, 2019
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Chief Environmental Health Officer, Ms Tassie Thomas

Dominicans are reminded of the Environmental Health Act that imposes heavy fines for unkept premises.

According to Chief Environmental Health Officer, Tassie Thomas, individuals can be fined or confined if reported for nuisance infestation due to an unclean environment.

Property owners can be fined an amount between $1,000 and $5,000 or face up to six months imprisonment for unsanitary surroundings.

Thomas says, “If anything in your yard is constituting a nuisance, when the environmental health officer visits your place, he or she has a right to give you a verbal notice for cleaning up of your premises, or giving you a written notice to clean up your premises to get rid of the nuisances. If not, then the matter can be taken to court where you can be fined or confined.”

She described poor sanitation as “you have old fridges, old stoves, tins, cans, bottles, coconut shells, all these kinds rubbish in your yard or anywhere on your premises capable of creating that kind of harborage for mosquitoes, rodents and other vermin, you are committing an offense.

“The environmental health officer also has a right to admonish you accordingly, either verbally or through a written notice, with the end result being either you are taken before the court where you are fined or confined.”