State Council discusses marine act

Muscat - 

The Sub-Committee of the Social Committee at the State Council responsible for studying the review of the Marine Pollution Control Act promulgated by Royal Decree 34/74 on Tuesday, held its first meeting, under Hon Dr Hamed Sulaiman al Salmi, head of the Social Committee in the presence of other members.

As per a statement, during the meeting, the committee reviewed the proposed hosting of individuals and the topics to be discussed with them. The State Council at its regular session held on April 2, approved the study of the proposal submitted by the Social Committee to amend the law on the control of marine pollution.

This denotes the need created by the huge volume of developments that have accelerated over the last four decades, in security and environmental safety. This necessitates keeping up of the domestic legislations with the developments that happened due to the laws, conventions and protocols signed by the sultanate after 1974, and the adoption of appropriate legislative orientations to contain the conditions caused by environmental pollution and to work continuously to adopt the appropriate legislative directions to contain the conditions resulting from environmental pollution.

This legislation is related to the control and prevention of pollution in the marine environment. The proposal aims to review the articles of the Marine Pollution Control Act promulgated by the Royal Decree 34/74 with the provisions of the Environmental Protection Law promulgated by Royal Decree 114/2001. This is to take advantage of international and national efforts and updates in the laws relating to marine pollution to reformulate and amend the articles of this law, and to come up with the appropriate recommendations and proposals that contribute to the strengthening of marine pollution control.

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