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Govt clears illegal dump


Govt clears illegal dump
Minister of Transport, Works and Maintenance Ian Gooding-Edghill (left) and other ministry officials watching as heavy-duty machinery operators clean the temporary Government storage site at Bath, St John. (Picture by Lennox Devonish.)

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One of the two Rastafarian organisations leasing prime agricultural land at Bath, St John fears their water supply is being contaminated by waste mounting at a nearby Government storage site being used as an illegal dumping ground.

But Government is adamant that the flow into the spring has nothing to do with any state-run agency.

On Thursday night, a video circulating on social media showed James “Rudy” Greenidge drawing attention to the environmental problem near Alkebulah Land, where a pan Africanist group cultivates 20 acres.

The video showed a large pile of bulk waste, including galvanised sheets, car parts and household items, at the edge of an embankment.

When a Saturday Sun team visited the area yesterday, there was a large heap of bulk waste, which appeared to have been there for a while and rubble such as stone, marl and tree trimmings. In addition, there were three dead animals placed in bags, old galvanised sheeting, old metal garbage drums, old mattress stuffing and household appliances such as microwave ovens in the water course, flowing to the spring near Bath Beach.

Later that day, Minister of Environment and National Beautification Adrian Forde; Minister of Agriculture Indar Weir, Minister of MTWM Ian Gooding-Edghill and Minister in the Ministry of Water Resources, who is also Parliamentary Representative for St John, Charles Griffith, visited the area and promised the Rastafarian group that the problem would be addressed. (SB)

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