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The Republic Act 6969

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Transcript of The Republic Act 6969

photo credit Nasa / Goddard Space Flight Center / Reto Stöckli
The Republic Act 6969


Scope
This Act shall cover the importation, manufacture, processing, handling, storage, transportation, sale, distribution, use and disposal of all unregulated chemical substances and mixtures in the Philippines
Policy
It is the policy of the State to regulate, restrict or prohibit the importation, manufacture, processing, sale, distribution, use and disposal of chemical substances and mixtures that present unreasonable risk and/or injury to health or the environment
The Role of
the Department of Environment and Natural Resources
The DENR is tasked to keep an inventory of chemicals, test potential hazardous substances, evaluate, monitor, subpoena witnesses and disseminate information
The Inter-Agency Technical Advocacy Council
There is hereby created an Inter-Agency Technical Advisory Council attached to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources; it shall assist the DENR to create pertinent rules and regulations related to this act.
Prohibition
Penalties
The penalty of imprisonment of six (6) months and one day to six (6) years and one day and a fine ranging from Six hundred pesos (P600.00) to Four thousand pesos (P4,000.00) shall be imposed upon any person who shall violate section 13 (a) to (c) of this Act and shall not be covered by the Probation Law.
Toxic Substances and Hazardous and Nuclear Wastes Control Act of 1990
AN ACT TO CONTROL TOXIC SUBSTANCES AND HAZARDOUS AND NUCLEAR WASTES, PROVIDING PENALTIES FOR VIOLATIONS THEREOF, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES
a) To keep an inventory of chemicals as may be considered relevant to the protection of health and the environment;
b) To monitor and regulate the use and disposal of chemical substances and mixtures that present unreasonable risk or injury to health or to the environment in accordance with national policies and international commitments;
c) To inform and educate the populace regarding the hazards and risks attendant to the manufacture, handling, storage, transportation, processing, distribution, use and disposal of toxic chemicals and other substances and mixture; and
d) To prevent the entry, even in transit, as well as the keeping or storage and disposal of hazardous and nuclear wastes into the country for whatever purpose.
Objectives
This act aims to...
Knowingly use a chemical substance or mixture which is imported, manufactured, processed or distributed in violation of this Act
Failure or refusal to submit reports, notices or other information, access to records, as required by this Act,
Cause, aid or facilitate, directly or indirectly, in the storage, importation, or bringing into Philippines territory, including its maritime economic zones, even in transit, either by means of land, air or sea transportation or otherwise keeping in storage any amount of hazardous and nuclear wastes in any part of the Philippines.
In all cases of violations of this Act, including violations of implementing rules and regulations which have been duly promulgated and published in accordance with Section 16 of this Act, the Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources is hereby authorized to impose a fine of not less than Ten thousand pesos (P10,000.00), but not more than Fifty thousand pesos (P50,000.00) upon any person or entity found guilty thereof.
Administrative Fines

2008 Roxas Amendment
"The penalties and fines provided for under the present RA 6969 are not commensurate to the gravity and seriousness of the dangers that toxic substances and hazardous and nuclear wastes bring to health and environment.. It is, therefore, imperative that RA 6969 be amended to impose stricter and stiffer penalties and fines in order to give more teeth to the said law"
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