February 8, 2012
The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) is reporting that there is a fire at the Riverton City Solid Waste Dump, which is creating an environmental and public health problem in a wide area of the city. The fire began in the early hours of Monday night (February 7).
NEPA is in dialogue with the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) which reports that it has mobilized the necessary resources to respond to the fire. The Jamaica Fire Brigade, Jamaica Defence Force (JDF), Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) and private contractors are engaged at different levels to control the fire. The NSWMA anticipates that the fire should be brought under control sometime today.
In the meantime, NEPA has briefed the Hon. Robert Pickersgill, Minister of Water, Land, Environment & Climate Change on the matter. The Minister is in contact with his colleague, Hon. Noel Arscott, Minister of Local Government & Community Development, regarding expediting the response mechanism to control and extinguish the fire.