WINDALCO Mum Amid Latest Waste Spill


After remaining silent on allegations of an effluent spill that caused a major fish kill in the Rio Cobre in St Catherine earlier this week, the West Indies Alumina Company, WINDALCO, has broken its silence.

But, the bauxite compnay has not confirmed or denied if it was responsible for the fish kill.

WINDALCO says it’s monitoring activities at it’s plant in St. Catherine to ensure environmental standards are maintained.

This after the National Environmental Planning Agency, NEPA, attributed the recent fish kill in the Rio Cobre in the parish to an overflow of effluent from the plant.

NEPA says the effluent spill is as a result of heavy rains recently.

In a terse statement this afternoon, WINDALCO says it continues to implement all required measures to secure the waterways from any kind of environmental impact.

The bauxite company says the monitoring includes creating a berm to control the flow of effluent leaving the facility.

And, WINDALCO says it is also conducting tests to ensure effluent values are in line with industry standards.

According to the bauxite company, it is also flushing streams with fresh water.

Meanwhile…NEPA has announced that it is investigating the fish kill.

Member of Parliament for St. Catherine North Central, the PNP’s Natalie Neita, says she’s prepared to file a lawsuit against the bauxite company, following a series of waste spills in the constituency.

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