Now nearly a year since being out of service, the incinerator at Pockwood Pond on Tortola is still undergoing repairs.
However, a joint media release from the Department of Waste Management and the Ministry of Health indicated that electricity has already been restored to the incinerator and repairs are nearing completion.
“As part of the repairs, a CS-4000 Incinerator Replacement Control Panel was purchased from Consutech Systems LLC and is being prepared for shipment to the territory in the coming weeks,” the two government entities said.
Back in July this year, Health Minister Carvin Malone said the incinerator was expected to be fully functional by September.
“We anticipate that the incinerator unit will be fully repaired and brought back into operation by the end of September 2019,” the minister said at the time.
The waste facility was rendered out of service back in November 2018 during a fire that caused damage to the building’s electrical main panel. Government since entered into an agreement with Skelton Electrics Limited to replace and reconnect all damaged ceiling lights, devices, electrical cables and wiring between the incinerator panel and the building’s electrical main panel.
Still no scrubber to filter noxious fumes either
Apart from the Incinerator being non-functional, it is also without a ‘scrubber’ — a device used to filter the harmful smoke that emits from the incinerator.
This has been a significant cause of discomfort for residents who said they have been experiencing health issues for the many years the device has been absent.
While nothing has been incinerated at the facility since last November when the Incinerator burst into flames and went out of commission altogether, residents are still plagued with smoke issues.
The department of Waste Management has been using a landfill to dispose of the piles of waste, which would have otherwise been incinerated since the closure. This is because the dump has caught fire more than three occasions, creating new problems for residents of West End.
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