Heavy rain causes land slippage at Appleton
J. Wray & Nephew Limited (JWN) is moving to allay fears over a land slippage in a pond containing rainwater at the Appleton Sugar Factory, in the vicinity of the Black River.
The company said during a routine inspection by its teams following heavy rain in St Elizabeth last Thursday, the land slippage was discovered.
"The team complied with the agreed standard operating procedures by immediately ceasing operations at the factory, gathering samples, initiated investigation and filed a report with the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA).
"Thus far, water quality monitoring conducted on site, as well as upstream and downstream of the river has revealed no breach of NEPA's parameters," said the company.
According to JWN, it resumed operations at the factory after deploying several corrective measures, including bypassing the affected area.
"J. Wray & Nephew Limited will continue to work with the authorities and take all necessary steps to ensure its activities do not result in damage to the environment," added the company.
JWN is already facing a lawsuit for its alleged discharge of effluent into the Black River and has spent millions of dollars in recent months to ensure that any discharge from the Appleton Sugar Factory meets the accepted environmental standards.
According to chairman of J. Wray & Nephew, Clement 'Jimmy' Lawrence, the company has spent more than US$1.2 million to implement a closed-loop wash-water treatment system at the Appleton Estate as part of ongoing efforts to reduce its carbon footprint.
"This means that we will take a limited amount of water from the Black River but not discharge any effluent. Instead, we will treat and reuse the water in our factory operations. This solution is best-in-glass globally and a first for Jamaica," Lawrence told The Sunday Gleaner late last year.
Lawrence described the wash-water treatment system as part of the company's growing environmental assets, representing as it does a continuation of the aggressive capital investment programme which began shortly after the company was acquired by the Gruppo Campari.