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NEPA, do your job

Published:Thursday | April 1, 2010 | 12:00 AM

The Editor, Sir:

RE: The destruction of Jamaica's Natural Heritage:

Here we are again, with yet another plan in the wings to rape and destroy our natural heritage and indigenous plants and animals by mining/quarrying of Puerto Bueno Mountain - a beautiful and environmentally vital piece of our already staggering and ravaged little country.

I understand that an EIA (environmental impact assessment) has not been done, and I would not be the least surprised if none ever is, and if one is in fact done, then it will almost certainly be approved by the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA).

I hope that the people living nearby will object in the loudest and most visible way possible. I hope that someone with some cojones and some clout in this matter will stand up and say, "Enough of the destruction of our precious irreplaceable wildlife and beautiful natural habitat by mining and quarrying or anything else."

There has to be a limit and we have reached and passed it. We are small and cannot sustain this type of destruction. There will be nothing left of beauty, no wildlife, and nothing to attract visitors here but concrete and gaping, dusty holes where green mountains and their very precious inhabitants once lived.

If NEPA sits by and allows this one, what hope is there for any kind of natural, living environment in Jamaica in the near or distant future?

NEPA, do your job!

I am, etc.,

SADAN TAYAD

Kingston 10