Officials are reporting that they are still experiencing difficulties installing the much-talked-about scrubber device needed to filter noxious fumes from the defunct incinerator in Pockwood Pond on Tortola.
Up to April during this year’s sitting of the Standing Finance Committee, Health Minister Carvin Malone said officials were unable to report on the progress of the scrubber installation because there were “issues with consultancy”.
He did not explain further.
The absence of the scrubber has been a major cause of discomfort for residents who said they have been experiencing health issues for the many years the device has been absent.
The issue was further compounded following the 2017 hurricanes when a higher volume of debris had to be incinerated at the waste facility.
However, nothing has been incinerated at the facility since last November when the incinerator burst into flames and went out of commission altogether.
Minister Malone said the government has now approved funds to repair the control panel of the incinerator and to conduct the electrical works needed for the facility to be functional once more.
Malone, who only inherited responsibility for the incinerator when he became portfolio minister earlier this year, did not disclose the amount that was approved.
In a previous interview with the Health Ministry’s Permanent Secretary Petrona Davies back in February, she had said the lack of funding was the reason the facility was still closed.
Since the closure, the Department of Waste Management has been using a landfill to dispose of the piles of waste, which would have otherwise been incinerated.
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