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About 60 acres of Riverton dump on fire, NSWMA says it's the worst ever

Published:Friday | March 13, 2015 | 5:37 PM
An overhead shot of the Riverton City dump taken today

Jennifer Edwards, the executive director of the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA), is reporting that as much as 60 acres of the Riverton City dump is on fire.

This is about half of the approximately 120-acre site.

Edwards gave the update at a press conference at Jamaica House this afternoon.

She said the wind has helped to fuel what she believes is the biggest fire ever at the landfill:

 

Jennifer Edwards, the Executive director of the National Solid Waste Management Authority

Smoke from the dump has blanketed sections of Kingston, St. Andrew and Portmore in St. Catherine.

There are also reports that sections of St Thomas and Clarendon are also being affected by the smoke.

Edwards told reporters this afternoon that the NSWMA has been working non-stop since Wednesday when the fire started.

She said a cost for containment activities has not been arrived at yet.

Questioned about criticisms that the fires are the result of poor management, Edwards said the Agency has been managing the facility to the best of its ability.

The Riverton situation worsened after the tyre cell became ignited.