Chief Environmental Health Officer Ferdinia Carbon says she is aware of the pollution of Taberi River
Chief Environmental Health (CEH) Officer Ferdinia Carbon says she is aware of the pollution of Taberi River, from a nearby pig farm, in light of allegations by Chairman of La Plaine Disaster Preparedness Management Committee, Jason Fontaine, on Monday August 22nd 2016. Carbon says the Environmental Health department has been dealing with that matter for several years.
Chairman of La Plaine Disaster Preparedness Management Committee, Jason Fontaine has been complaining about the dumping of pig waste from a nearby pig farm into the Taberi River, and has been calling on authorities to find an “urgent solution” to end the pollution. Fontaine warns that the pollution of the river will be detrimental to villagers in the event of a disaster. He claimed that the water now threatens aquatic life, and hinders tourism in the area.
However, CEH officer Carbon noted that the most recent report on the subject in late 2015, stated that some of the recommendations made by the department, were still pending. Carbon said. “So, we made recommendations, and in 2015, it was evaluated, and about half of the recommendations were implemented, and there were still some things pending.” Carbon described the department’s process, and said previous recommendations may no longer be applicable, as the project started with a smaller number of pigs, but the owner now has “quite a few.”
Meanwhile, Carbon gave the assurance that the Environmental Health Department is monitoring the situation. She announced that a team from the department and the Ministry of Agriculture will visit and evaluate the site this, and will make further recommendations.
Meanwhile, Chairman of the La Plaine Disaster Preparedness Management Committee, Jason Fontaine says the situation has worsened, following heavy rainfall in the area, as pig faeces is continuously going down the Taberi River.
The LaPlaine Disaster Preparedness Management Committee was scheduled to meet on Sunday at 6pm at Willis Junction, to address this issue, and hoped the authorities would attend, so as to understand the urgency of the situation.
Q95 will bring you more information about the outcomes of that meeting in a subsequent news cast later today.
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