Environment agency wants constant Riverton fire updates
Jovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer
The Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) is demanding that the authorities provide constant update on air quality in areas being affected by the fire at the Riverton City landfill in St Andrew.
The fire, which is being responded to by several state agencies, broke out in a five-acre tyre cell on Sunday.
The environmental group says residents of Kingston, St Andrew and sections of St Catherine are still facing compromised air quality as the fire at the dump continues to smoulder.
According to JET, despite the authorities saying the fire is under control, the air quality in surrounding areas is still being significantly affected.
The lobby group’s chief executive officer, Diana McCaulay says the effect of the fire is not only limited to communities in the dump’s immediate vicinity.
JET says the National Environment and Planning Agency must provide constant updates on what should be regular air quality until the fire is completely extinguished.
The lobby group says once the fire is out, the government ministries with oversight responsibility for solid waste management must ensure that urgent steps are taken to bring the Riverton facility into compliance with environmental laws.
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