A consultation group is to be implemented to facilitate communication between government and residents who have grown increasingly concerned about the health hazards being bred by a public incinerator at Pockwood Pond.
The Ministry of Health is the department implementing the group, which will comprise community volunteers.
The ministry said “several residents” have already volunteered to become part of the group.
The ministry decided to form the group after First District Representative Andrew Fahie made the suggestion at a community meeting this week.
Residents gathered at the meeting out of concern that the incinerator at Pockwood Pond was emitting unfiltered fumes that are stifling residents — some of who claim they have now developed respiratory issues.
Officials say the incinerator – which is lacking a scrubber device to filter the noxious fumes it emits – has been burning overtime because of the large volume of garbage that accumulated since the hurricanes.
Half-million cubic yards of debris collected on Tortola
Head of the Department of Waste Management Greg Massicote reported this week that his department has collected half-million cubic yards of debris on Tortola alone.
“So, our systems have been exhausted and the Department of Waste Management continues to press forward and to work with what we have to keep the system going,” Massicote said.
Government has been trying to get the scrubber device for the incinerator for several years now.
It said the scrubber has to be tailor-made to fit the Pockwood Pond incinerator and that proven to be an annual challenge.
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