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Report landfill concerns - Witter

Published: Thursday February 9, 2012 | 9:08 am Comments 0
Public Defender Earl Witter  - File.
Public Defender Earl Witter - File.

Public Defender Earl Witter says his office stands ready to receive complaints from persons affected by the smoke, from the fire at the Riverton City Landfill.

Yesterday, the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) said the fire, which started at the dump on Monday was creating an environmental and public health problem in a wide area of the city.

Witter said the matter could attract criminal sanctions, as public nuisances are criminal offences at common law.

He said the National Solid Waste Management Authority might be persuaded to better manage the landfill, if such cases were pursued by the police.

The Riverton City Landfill is situated in close proximity to a number of middle income communities in the Kingston 20 area.

Witter said, in addition health problems, the regular fires at the dump could also negatively impact property values in the area.

The Jamaica Fire Brigade, Jamaica Defence Force, Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management and private contractors are engaged at different levels to control the fire.

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