Retirement Dump fire under control — NSWMA chief

Monday, July 16, 2018

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Executive Director of the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA), Audley Gordon says that the operation to get a fire at the Retirement Dump in St James under control is winding down.

Gordon however expressed disappointment that smoke is still proving to be an issue in some sections of the parish.

He told OBSERVER ONLINE a short while ago that teams are working relentlessly to get the smoke under control however items such as tyres, which are made from rubber, are making the operation a bit difficult.

The executive director assured that the major operation to get the open flame down was successful and the NSWMA is working to put out other small fires.

The fire is the second one in two weeks, according to the the Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) which today expressed concerned about the frequency of fires at waste disposal sites across the island.

JET in a release urged the Government and its agencies to take urgent action to bring the fire at the Retirement Dump in St James under control.

JET said last night it began receiving reports that the Retirement Dump was on fire, which follows a June 28 fire at the Riverton Dump in Kingston.

Read: JET urges gov't to bring fire at St James dump under control

“Dump fires are major and significant source of air pollution and are a public health hazard for those living in close proximity to these sites. Dump fires are especially dangerous as they can emit dangerous fumes from the combustion of the wide range of materials contained within the dump — carbon monoxide, hydrogen sulphide, volatile organics, dioxins and furans,” said JET.

Shanica Blair

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