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Beetham landfill back to normal

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

The fires at the Beetham landfill, which blanked areas of Port-of-Spain and areas of west Trinidad with toxic smog for most of last week, have all been completely extinguished. The announcement was made in a press release issued yesterday by the Solid Waste Management Company Limited (SWMCOL), the state-run agency which operates the facility. “The public is advised that the landfill at Beetham has now been fully reopened and is operating at one hundred per cent,” SWMCOL release said. 


The company said security at the facility had been increased to prevent incidents such as last week’s fires from recurring. SWMCOL thanked its employees and its contractors for assisting in containing and extinguishing the fires and acknowledged the “support and understanding” it received from members of the public. “Their quick action and hard work ensured that the extent of this disaster was greatly ameliorated,” the release said. 


Meanwhile, the Environmental Management Authority (EMA) is investigating a small oil spill in Guaracara River, Pointe-a-Pierre. The agency revealed that the five-barrel oil spill, which has been linked to state-owned oil company Petrotrin, was reported yesterday, with a crew from its Compliance and Enforcement Unit being immediately dispatched to investigate. 


“Preliminary investigators confirmed that the river was impacted by a vacuum residue and the team observed that the impact did not extend to the mouth of the river nor did it enter nearby coastal waters,” a release from the EMA said. The release said the source of the spill was a line from Petrotrin’s refinery and EMA was monitoring the situation and the efficency of the company’s clean-up of the small spill.