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Keep eyes on red-mud project

Published:Monday | June 2, 2014 | 12:00 AM


I read with interest your exposé on red mud and the dangers involved. In the 1970s, there was a symposium held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel, at which a number of Alpart executives proposed dumping the red mud effluent offshore in St Elizabeth. I attended and threatened that I would ensure the debate was taken to a national referendum.

I was writing for the Daily News (defunct) then and my article at that time (It was in the difficult economic times of the seventies when all the American carriers deserted us.) said: "It is difficult for us to sell a blue sea to our tourists, but it will be more difficult to sell them a Red Sea."

The Mount Rosser red-mud dam, I am sure, is unstable and should be examined regularly and precautions taken to ensure it does not fail.


Structural Engineer