Public defender wants former NSWMA officials to testify
The Office of the Public Defender (OPD) has issued summonses to key members of the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) and the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) to give testimony under oath in relation to its investigation of the recent fire at the Riverton City disposal site.
The fire last month blanketed sections of the Corporate Area with smoke for more than a week.
The Gleaner understands that those summoned to answer questions from the OPD include former executive director of the NSWMA, Jennifer Edwards; former chairman of the NSWMA board, Steve Ashley; and chief executive officer of NEPA, Peter Knight.
According to sources within the public defender's office, neither Ashley nor Edwards has responded to the summonses, even though they are set to give testimony on April 27 and April 29, respectively.
In the summonses issued to all three persons, it was specifically noted that they should submit documented information, plans and budgets of the agency "two weeks before the date of the hearing".
In its summons dated March 19, the OPD had also instructed Ashley and Edwards to present "all actions, directives, documents, data reports made by the NSWMA to prevent fires and the spread of the fire, smoke and smog to protect the environment and citizens from injury and the threat of injury and to include minutes of all relevant board meetings".