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PHILIPSBURG–A handful of concerned residents gathered at Clem Labega Square in front of the Government Administration Building at 7:30am Monday. The residents are concerned about the fire on the sanitary landfill that started on April 15.
The group presented a letter requesting that the Council of Ministers deal urgently with the sanitary landfill, also known as the dump problem. The letter, which states some of the grievances about the dump, was submitted to Government through its General Affairs department and copies were delivered to the Governor’s Office and the office of the Ombudsman.
Minister of Health Emil Lee came out to hear the concerned residents, who included members of new political parties Benjamin Ortega, Pastor Wycliffe Smith and Rene Wilson. President of Parliament Sarah Wescot-Williams also was present during the gathering.
The letter states; “
on-line petition was created to give the public the opportunity to sign on as concerned residents also looking for a solution to the “Sanitary Landfill problem.” The petition can be signed on the website
the Collective Prevention Services (CPS) department of the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour advised persons living downwind from the landfill fire to close windows and doors, especially persons who have a respiratory challenge. This action also should be taken in the future.
Persons who suffer from asthma, shortness of breath, or any other respiratory challenges, are advised to close their windows and doors until the fumes clear. Individuals who do not have respiratory issues, but are residing downwind, also should close their windows and doors if irritated by the smell from the fire.
Minister of Public Health Emil Lee said, “The Ministry is very much aware of the potentially negative impact that chemicals released into the air by the fire at the dump can have on the health of the population. We advise the population to exercise caution when downwind of the fumes from the fire, and this also applies for future fire events at the landfill.”
Source: Daily Herald Government requested to deal with dump now