Environmental Alert!

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The National Environment and Planning Agency, NEPA, says it’s investigating three separate incidents of contamination in the Corporate Area and St. Thomas.

They include a chlorine leak in St Thomas, an oil spill in Kingston Harbour, and a mysterious substance in Hunt’s Bay.

A statement from the police Corporate Communications Unit late this morning said several persons fainted and had to be treated following a chlorine spill on Church Street, Morant Bay, St. Thomas, in the vicinity of the tax office.

The spill has been cleared up and Church Street is re-opened to both pedestrian and vehicular traffic.

Director of Environmental Management and Conservation at NEPA, Anthony McKenzie, says teams from the agency are now investigating all three incidents.

Mr. McKenzie says while he’s not certain of the impact of the chlorine spill on the surrounding environment in Morant Bay, the oil spill in Kingston Harbour will impact any aquatic life with which it makes contact.

Mr. McKenzie says once the investigations are completed and an offender is identified, they will likely be sanctioned.

Anthony McKenzie, Director of Environmental Management and Conservation at NEPA, speaking with Nationwide News.

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