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NEPA expected to release results of Riverton fire air quality tests today

Published:Tuesday | May 5, 2015 | 5:39 AM

The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) is today expected to release the results of air quality tests conducted during the fire at the Riverton City disposal site in St Andrew in March.

The results should have been made public on Friday but NEPA said it needed more time to review comments about the findings from a leading member of academia.

The recent fire at Riverton lasted for almost two weeks and resulted in sections of Kingston, St Andrew and St Catherine being blanketed in smoke.

Air quality tests carried out by the Ministry of Health revealed that high levels of hazardous substances were released into the air including, cancer-causing benzene.

More than 800 people had to seek medical attention as a result of smoke from the Riverton fire.

The smoke resulted in the closure of dozens of schools and several businesses.