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NEPA says mystery CSO fumes was methylene chloride

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 | 1:10 PM    

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KINGSTON, Jamaica - The mystery fume that sent scores of people in and around the Kingston Central Sorting Office two weeks ago has been identified methylene chloride.

The chemical pollutant was made public in a release from the Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Robert Pickersgill, today.

However, the source of the pollutant, which saw several schools and businesses in the area closing, has still not been determined.

“NEPA (National Environment and Planning Agency) is continuing the investigation to determine the source of the pollutant”, Pickersgill said.

Methylene chloride is an organic compound used mostly as a solvent, the release said. “In its natural form, it is a colourless liquid with an ethereal odour.”

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