WATCH: Samuda heads multi-agency probe into latest chemical spill which led to Rio Cobre fish kill
Minister without portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation Matthew Samuda speaking on chemical spill in Rio Cobre

Minister without portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Matthew Samuda, is heading the investigation into an alleged chemical spill in the Rio Cobre.

A delegation visited the site earlier today to assess the environmental and social impact of the recent fish kill.

“The issue facing us today is based on a recent spill but it is unfortunately not a new issue to the people who live along the Rio Cobre and the people who benefit from the Rio Cobre,” Samuda said.

He added that this will be a multi-ministry investigation where a series of assessments will be done.

Describing the damage from the latest spill as "significant" Samuda said bauxite company Windalco could be made to forfeit a $115 million environmental performance bond if it is determined that it is responsible for the spill.

He said legislation will also be amended this year to significantly increase the fines on companies that cause such damage to the environment.

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