A lawmaker accused the watchdog of obstructing atoll development.
EPA approved the removal of coconut palms to develop a city square.
Trees are being removed for the landscaping of new resorts.
The island council disputes a report commissioned to seek approval for transferring the trees.
Fainu islanders have been lobbying against the airport project.
The fines were imposed over the unauthorised extraction and release of groundwater.
The Environment Protection Agency has ordered two vessels that ran aground on a reef to pay MVR100 million (US$6.5 million) as compensation for damages.
Government supporters on the southern island of Meedhoo gathered last Friday to celebrate the controlled destruction of the island's reef to clear an oceanside channel in...
The environmental regulator has proposed a record fine of MVR633million (US$45million) on a Vietnamese shipping company for causing damage to a reef in the Maldives