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Jennifer Edwards has opened her mouth

Published:Monday | May 7, 2012 | 12:00 AM

We have noted Jennifer Edwards' declaration about a 60 per cent likelihood of another debilitating fire at the Riverton City dump in Kingston.

Ms Edwards, the People's National Party politician who was installed as head of the National Solid Waste Management Authority after her party's election victory four months ago, needed neither crystal ball nor rigorous analysis to arrive at that conclusion.

Riverton City is not a landfill. It is a crude dump with crude solid waste management systems. The conditions of its management make periodic fires, smoke from which affects the health of the capital's citizens, inevitable.

What we would like to hear from Ms Edwards are coherent plans for the development of modern solid waste facilities at Riverton City and elsewhere, her timelines for doing this, and at what cost.

Now, that would get us somewhere.

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