Coupled with the hundreds of filtered masks that are now available to residents, Health Minister Carvin Malone said nearly half-dozen air quality monitoring stations are being installed around the smoke-affected western end of Tortola.
“The [Environmental Health] Department will embark on a project to install four air quality monitoring stations in the surrounding communities of the Pockwood Pond Waste Management Site so as to advise residents of the corrective actions that will be deemed necessary in the event of the disturbances caused by fires and smoke,” Malone said.
The minister, who was speaking during Tuesday’s sitting of the House of Assembly, did not reveal the date or length of time it will take to complete the installation of the monitoring stations.
In the meantime, Malone said the Environmental Health Department will be on hand this week to demonstrate and train individuals on the proper usage of the masks.
“The Environment Department is now in the possession of approximately 400 filtered masks which will be available to affected persons and households in Pockwood Pond and west of the incinerator beginning Thursday, July 18 at the office Environmental Health located at John’s Hole next to the Red Cross building,” Malone said.
And while noting that enough masks will be made available to also supply to residents on the sister island of Virgin Gorda and any other areas that may be impacted, Malone is inviting those persons to participate in the training as well.
The legislator assured residents that while works continue on the incinerator to fully restore normalcy, all efforts should continue to reduce the occurrences of spontaneous combustion and the smoke that affect residents and visitors.
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