||Marine Pollution Act, 1998 (Cap. 392A).
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||This Act makes provision for the control of marine pollution. Release of any pollutant into the environment which violates any of the provisions of this Act is declared an offence under section 3. The Head of the Environmental Engineering Division (called "the Director" in this Act) shall have extensive powers to control marine pollution and in this task shall be assisted by marine pollution control inspectors designated by the Minister under section 5. The Director shall investigate the marine environment and shall cause a register of pollutants to be maintained (sect. 4). Sections 9 to 12 deal with powers of enforcement of the Director, inspectors and magistrates. In exercise of their functions the Minister and the Director shall have regard to the coastal zone management plan adopted under the Coastal Zone Management Act. The Director shall investigate the environment in general, and in particular ascertain the extent of pollution for land-based sources, sea-bed activities, dumping, and airborne sources. This public officer shall cause a Register of Pollutants to be maintained and prepare and implement a programme for the reduction of pollutants pursuant to section 4. he shall be assisted by marine pollution inspectors appointed by the Minister under section 5. Regulation defines Regulation making powers the Minister (sect. 13). Penalties are prescribed in section 16.