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Clarendon residents concerned about 'black rain' after Wisynco fire

Published:Friday | May 27, 2016 | 4:23 PM
The contaminated rain water harvested by a resident of North Central Clarendon last yesterday.

Shanique Samuels, Gleaner Writer

Residents of several communities in North Central Clarendon woke up this morning to discover their rain water harvested yesterday contaminated with a black greasy substance.

The residents, most of them from places like from Pennants, Kraal, and Main Ridge, speculate that it might have been the result smog following yesterday's massive fire at Wisynco's Lakes Pen warehouse in the adjoining parish of St Catherine.

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The chief executive officer of the Jamaica Environment Trust, Dianna McCaulay says that's a reasonable suspicion.

However, she said only an air quality test could confirm the suspicion.

This morning, the National Environment and Planning Agency said it would be dispatching officers to undertake air quality tests.

However, its representatives could not be immediately contacted Friday afternoon for an update.

In the meantime, the Clarendon residents are concerned about the safety of animals drinking the water which they fear could also affect their crops.