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It was brought to my attention that the draft regulations for the Water Act, that will be proclaimed shortly, includes provisions for grandfathering existing holding ponds as well as holding ponds that will be built between now and June 16, 2021. The grandfathered holding ponds will never be required to be compliant with the draft regulations.
To effectively implement the act, the natural resources and environmental sustainability committee considered the alternatives and recommended that existing holding ponds be compliant within two years.
If the government is serious about implementing the intent of the Water Act, which is to protect our groundwater, then the draft regulations should be consistent with the act. Before the cabinet approves the regulations, the minister should explain this deviation to Islanders.