Environmental Quality Act, 1974

Last updated: 23 December 2020

This regulation instates a Director General for Environmental Quality, responsible for coordinating all activities related to the discharge of wastes into the environment, being in charge of pollution control and with the objective of enhancing environmental quality. It further refers to standards and criteria for the protection of the environment as well as the control of the volume, types, constituents and effects of wastes, discharges, emissions or other sources of pollution which impact or may impact the quality of the environment.


It has provisions regarding the publication of an annual report on environmental quality, the need to provide information and education to the public, the use of environmental impact assessments, the power to inspect facilities, and applicable penalties. Moreover, the law outlines requirements for permitting associated with potentially polluting activities and the obligation of providing information upon request.

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