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NSWMA and NEPA to meet with Riverton fire investigators today

Published:Monday | April 27, 2015 | 9:39 AM

Representatives of The National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) and the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) are today expected to meet with investigators at the Public Defender's office over the recent fire at the Riverton City dump in St Andrew. 

News emerged last week that the two entities were summoned by the Public Defender to give an account of the handling of the fire in March that released poisonous substances in the air. 

Former NSWMA chairman, Steve Ashley, and the agency's former executive director Jennifer Edwards are expected to answer investigators.

The chief executive officer of NEPA, Peter Knight, has also been summoned.

The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre understands that they will be interviewed under oath and will be bound by the provisions of the Perjury Act.

Government sources say the Public Defender's office is seeking to examine the permits under which the NSWMA operated and whether the state agency was compliant with those permits.

According to one source, investigators also want to examine whether NEPA had fulfilled it's mandate to provide proper regulatory oversight of the NSWMA.

It is understood that investigators also want to review the standards established for air quality tests conducted while the fire burned at the dump in March.

The interviews are to form part of a report the Public Defender's office is preparing for Parliament.