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NEPA: Latest Riverton landfill fire extinguished

Published:Wednesday | April 30, 2014 | 12:26 PM

The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) says it has been informed that the fire at the Riverton City landfill in St Andrew has been extinguished.



The fire at Riverton, which is believed to be the work of arsonists, started on April 19, and has been causing a smoke nuisance to nearby communities.



Fifteen acres of the landfill operated by the National Solid Waste Management Authority had been on fire.



Chief executive officer of NEPA, Peter Knight, says the head of the NSWMA, Jennifer Edwards informed him that the fire has been extinguished.



Knight says NEPA will make a statement on the matter later today.



On Tuesday, NEPA's management met to determine what action to take against the solid waste agency for failure to comply with an order to have the fire put out by last Friday.



NEPA has threatened to suspend the permit if certain reforms are not implemented.



This is the second fire at the disposal site in a month and the first since the NSWMA obtained a permit from the National Environment and Planning Agency to operate the site.



The Jamaica Environment Trust had described the situation at Riverton as a public health emergency.



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