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JLP accuses NEPA of failing to fulfil duties in Riverton landfill operations

Published:Wednesday | March 12, 2014 | 8:58 AM

Debbie-Ann Wright, News Editor - Radio



KINGSTON, Jamaica:

The Jamaica Labour Party is accusing the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) of dereliction of duty in relation to the operation of the Riverton City Landfill.




The national Solid Waste management Authority has been operating the facility for years without the requisite environmental permit.



For decades, the landfill has been operated without the necessary environmental permit, despite several concerns about the possible health and environmental effects.



However, Peter Knight, the chief executive officer of the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) says his agency will not penalise the NSWMA, given the financial constraints under which it is operating.



The Opposition’s junior spokesman on the environment, Duane Smith, says Knight’s statements are extremely irresponsible.



He says Knight’s action a dereliction of his duties and an indictment of his administration of NEPA, whose duty it is to represent the environmental interests of Jamaicans.



Smith wants Minister of Land, Water, Environment and Climate Change, Robert Pickersgill, to investigate the matter and provide an explanation of NEPA’s actions.



The Jamaica Environment Trust has also chastised NEPA for its decision to allow the NSWMA to continue operations at the Riverton City Landfill without the necessary permit.



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