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Jamaica Environment Trust questions legitimacy of Trelawny sand mining activities

Published:Tuesday | January 21, 2014 | 10:56 AM

The Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) is calling on the government to release full information on the permission granted to mine sand west of Duncans Bay Beach and Silver Sands in Trelawny.



JET says they have received information alleging that dozens of truckloads of sand have been removed from the coastline over a period of at least three days last week, but may have been going on for much longer.



They say it is unclear whether this operation has received an environmental permit or a beach license from the Natural Resources Conservation Authority (NRCA) or any oversight at all from the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA).



The environment trust says it understands that the Mines and Geology Division of the Ministry of Agriculture gave approval, but no official confirmation of the scope of what was allowed has yet been received from any government agency.



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