PNP demands environment impact assessment for Industry Cove development

Friday, October 19, 2018

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — People's National Party (PNP) Shadow Minister on Land and the Environment, Sophia Frazer Binns, is today calling for “urgent action to protect the lives of the citizens and the environment” at the Industry Cove housing development in Hanover.

Frazer Binns, through a release from the PNP, called on Prime Minister Andrew Holness to act immediately and ensure that there are proper Health and Environmental Impact Assessments on the National Housing Trust (NHT) housing development at Industry Cove, and by extension maintain the appropriate support, technical expertise and the necessary oversight to effectively address any problem.

Frazer Binns said that there is an atmosphere of unrest among the residents in the Hanover community because of the “blatant environmental breaches being committed on a housing project in the area which is threatening the health of the residents”.

“Based on information received, it appears that there are major breaches of the established protocols and provisions under the Act and as such the commencement of construction by the NHT is without the requisite Environmental License from NEPA,” the Opposition Shadow minister said.

The senator said that it is uncomfortable and disheartening that the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) has failed to undertake an Environmental Impact Assessment before the commencement of construction of such a major housing development.

“It is dumfounding how approval could be granted for the construction of a wastewater treatment plant when such clear and imminent risk to the coral reef, mangroves and air quality are evident,” lamented Frazer-Binns.

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