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JLP COUNCILLOR CALLS FOR IMMEDIATE ATTENTION TO RIVERTON FIRE

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Saturday, April 19, 2014 - 12:15

Deputy Opposition Spokesman on the Environment, Councillor Duane Smith, has raised concern about another fire, which has reportedly started at the Riverton Landfill/Dump, and its effects on residents in the surrounding communities.

According to Councillor Smith, whose Chancery Hall division includes portions of Duhaney Park, close to the Riverton area, the situation is even worse for the residents on this occasion as most of them are at home or attending Easter Saturday church and other functions within the area.

He said that he has been receiving numerous phone calls and complaints from his constituents about the threats of the fire, and is appealing to the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) and the Jamaica Fire Brigade, as well as the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development, to move immediately to secure the communities from further danger of the fire spreading and prolonging the public health threats to the residents.

Councillor Smith also called on Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Noel Arscott, to speed up expenditure of some $61 million included in the 2014/15 budget for improvements to the dump, including providing covering material, air quality monitor and fire prevention and suppression equipment for the dump.

“The Minister must move with some urgency to deal with these problems, in light of the frequency of these fires and the serious threat to the health of residents in the communities, as well the numerous places of employment situated in the vicinity of the dump,” Councillor Smith said.

 

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