The following are excerpts from the Environmental Protection Act
prescribe that, where discharged into the environment, (a) endangers the health, safety or welfare of men, (b) interferes or is likely to interfere with normal enjoyment of life or property, (c) endangers the health of animal life, or (d) causes or is likely to cause damage to plant life or to property;
“Discharge” contains, but not in order to restrict the meaning, any pumping, pouring, throwing, dumping, emitting, burning,
spraying, spreading, leaking, spilling, or escaping;
“Environment” signifies the components of the Earth and includes (a) air, land and water, (b) all layers of the atmosphere, (c) all organic and inorganic matter and living organisms, and (d) the interacting natural systems that include components referred to in paragraphs (a) to (c).
“Inspector” means an individual appointed under subsection 3(2) and comprises the Chief Environmental Protection Officer.
2.2 The Minister may (a) establish, operate and maintain stations to monitor the quality of the environment in the Territories; (b) conduct research studies, conferences and training programs relating to contaminants and also to the preservation, protection or improvement of their environment; (c) grow, co-ordinate and manage policies, criteria, guidelines and codes of practice relating to the
preservation, protection or improvement of their environment; (d) collect, distribute and publish information concerning contaminants and to the preservation, security or
improvement of their environment:
3. (1) The Minister shall appoint a Chief Environmental Protection Officer who will administer and enforce this Act and
(2) The Chief Environmental Protection Officer may appoint inspectors and will specify in the consultation the powers
that may be exercised and the duties that could be carried out by the inspector under this Act and regulations.
5. (1) Subject to subsection (3), no person shall release or allow the discharge of a contaminant into the
(3) Subsection (1) does not apply where the person who discharged the contaminant or allowed the release of this
contaminant determines that (a) the discharge is authorized by this Act or the regulations or by an order issued under this Act or the regulations; (b) that the contaminant was used solely for domestic purposes and has been discharged from within a dwelling house; (c) that the contaminant was discharged from the exhaust system of a car;
(d) the release of the contaminant resulted from the burning of leaves, foliage, wood, plants or stubble for domestic or
agricultural purposes; (e) the release of the contaminant resulted from burning for land clearing or land grading; (f) the release of the contaminant resulted from a fire set by a public official for habitat direction of silviculture
purposes; (g) that the contaminant was discharged for the purposes of combating a forest fire; (h) that the contaminant is a soil particle or grit discharged in the course of agriculture or horticulture; or (I) that the contaminant is a pesticide classified and classified as “domestic” under the Pest Control Products Regulations
(4) The exceptions set out in subsection (3) do not apply where a person discharges a contaminant that the inspector has
rational grounds to believe is not usually associated with a discharge from the excepted action.
5.1. Where a discharge of a contaminant into the environment in contravention of this Act or the regulations or the
provisions of a permit or permit issued under this Act or the law occurs or a reasonable probability of such a
discharge exists, every person causing or contributing to the discharge or raising the chance of such a discharge, and
the proprietor or the person in charge, management or control of the contaminant prior to its release or likely discharge, will
immediately: (a) subject to some regulations, report that the release or likely discharge into the person or office designated by the
regulations; (b) take all reasonable measures consistent with public safety to stop the discharge, fix any damage resulting from the discharge and prevent or eliminate any threat to life, health, property or the environment that results or may
be reasonably expected to result from the discharge or likely discharge; and (c) make a reasonable effort to inform every member of the public who may be negatively affected by the discharge or
likely release. (1) Where an inspector believes on reasonable grounds that a discharge of a contaminant in contravention of this Act
or the regulations or a provision of a permit or permit issued under this Act or the regulations has occurred or will be
happening, the inspector may issue an order requiring any person causing or contributing to the discharge or the proprietor or the
person in charge, management or control of the contaminant to stop the discharge by the date named in this purchase.
7. (1) Notwithstanding section 6, in which a person discharges or permits the release of a contaminant into the
environment, an inspector may order that person to repair or remedy any harm or damage to the environment that results from
(2) Where a person fails or neglects to repair or remedy any harm or damage to the environment in accordance with an order
made under subsection (1) or in which immediate remedial steps are required to defend the environment, the Chief
Environmental Protection Officer may cause to be completed the steps that he or she considers necessary to fix or
remedy an injury or damage to the environment that results from any discharge.
APPENDIX 2 — MODIFIED BURN BARREL DESIGN AND SPECIFICATIONS
A altered burn barrel is typically constructed from a 45 gallon metallic gas or petroleum drum. The modifications lead to greater
heat creation and retention, better mixing of the waste with incoming air and more holding period inside the barrel.
Together, these alterations lead to more complete combustion of the waste than does start burning on the floor or
in a pit.