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Opposition demands answers on cause of recent fires at disposal sites

Published:Wednesday | June 14, 2017 | 6:55 PM
The Opposition spokesman on Local Government, Noel Arscott, this morning called on Local Government Minister Desmond McKenzie to state the true cause of the recent fires at five disposal sites across the island.

The Opposition People's National Party (PNP) is questioning whether the government has abandoned the use of the international landfill management protocol at the country's disposal sites, as well as a fire suppression system that was put in place in 2015.

The Opposition spokesman on Local Government, Noel Arscott, this morning called on Local Government Minister Desmond McKenzie to state the true cause of the recent fires at five disposal sites across the island.

Executive Director the National Solid Waste Management Authority, Audley Gordon, said on the weekend that the agency suspected sabotage was behind the recent fires.

However, in a release to the media, Arscott suggests the fires may be caused by the abandonment of mitigation measures implemented by the PNP administration.

He says the government should call in the Jamaica Defence Force to provide security at the disposal sites until the previously planned security measures are implemented at the facilities.

Arscott also wants drones to be deployed to provide surveillance of disposal sites and the government to fast-track plans to relocate the Buff Bay disposal site in Portland.

He says a new security system that includes the use of drones were part of a professional management plan that was on the cards for implementation by the previous government.