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NSWMA preparing preliminary estimates for Riverton fire

Published:Monday | March 17, 2014 | 6:34 PM

Debbie-Ann Wright, News Editor - Radio

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

The National Solid Waste management Authority (NSWMA) is now preparing preliminary estimates of the costs incurred as a result of the fire that started at the Riverton landfill in St Andrew yesterday.

Head of the NSWMA, Jennifer Edwards says the preliminary figure will be sent to the local government minister, Noel Arscott, this evening.

Meanwhile, the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) says it could take another three days to completely put out the fire.

The blaze which has been restricted to the five-acre tyre cell on the landfill, was brought under control late yesterday afternoon.

ODPEM’s acting director general Richard Thompson says the fire-fighters now have a better handle of the fire which police believe is the work of arsonists.

He says visibility in the surrounding areas is not being affected.

The latest Riverton fire has re-ignited concerns about the fact that the landfill is operating without the required licences.

The Opposition Jamaica Labour Party has accused the Government of negligence regarding the Riverton landfill.


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