Gov’t assures that it is taking matter of Windalco effluent spill serious; says assessment of matter is progressing
The Government has assured that it is treating the issue of the Windalco Effluent Spill in the Rio Cobre as a serious matter.
The spill which occurred over a week ago resulted in a fish kill, which continues to affect water supply and air quality.
Farmers and fisherfolk have also suffered major losses.
Last week, the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) announced that it would take several actions against Windalco.
Among those actions is the intention to serve a notice to suspend Windalco’s environmental permits and licences.
Minister without portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Matthew Samuda said two other steps have also been taken by NEPA.
He assured that the Government is holding Windalco accountable.
He said the overall impact of the fish kill is still being assessed.