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Riverton fire could force NSWMA to scale back services

Published:Tuesday | March 18, 2014 | 9:17 AM

Debbie-Ann Wright, News Editor - Radio



KINGSTON, Jamaica:

The National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) could be forced to scale back some of its services as a result of the fire which started on the Riverton City Landfill in St Andrew on Sunday.




Executive Director of the NSWMA, Jennifer Edwards, told the Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre yesterday that the agency is preparing a preliminary estimate of the cost for putting out the fire.



She said the report would have been sent to local government minister, Noel Arscott, yesterday evening.



Edwards said she was hoping the local government ministry would be able to help to pay the bill for equipment rental, purchase of material and overtime associated with the emergency.



And she said if the ministry is unable to find the funds, the NSWMA would have to reallocate money from its own budget.



The NSWMA head responded to calls for greater security at the landfill following news that the fire may have been started by arsonists.



Edwards said it is difficult to secure the 100 acre property although soldiers and private security personnel are on duty at the landfill.



The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management says the authorities might not be able to completely put out the fire until Thursday.



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