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Fire at Riverton 95% extinguished - ODPEM

Published:Sunday | April 27, 2014 | 5:59 PM

The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management(ODPEM)says 95 per cent of the acreage at the Riverton dump which has been under fire for about a week has been smothered.

However, ODPEM's Training and Information Manager Cheryl Nichols says there is still some amount of smoke rising from the dump, but it has been significantly reduced.

In the meantime, the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA), which manages the Riverton dump, will know what action will be taken against it tomorrow for its failure to comply with an ultimatum by the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) last week.

NEPA had served an enforcement notice on the NSWMA, insisting, among other things, that the agency extinguish an ongoing fire and cease the discharge of smoke at the Riverton disposal facility. NEPA had also demanded that the NSWMA submit, within 14 days of the notice, a detailed report of the incident.


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