NEPA responds to pollution incident in South Negril River, Westmoreland

February 2, 2012

The National Environment & Planning Agency has responded to a pollution incident along the South Negril River in Westmoreland. The Agency conducted an investigation on Thursday (February 2, 2012) after reports were received that there was evidence that the river was being polluted.

Enforcement Officers from the Agency visited the area and an initial assessment was conducted. The preliminary findings suggested that pollution of the river was likely caused by sewage effluent. The Agency has identified the source of the pollution at the outfall (sewage pipe) from the National Water Commission (NWC) Sewage Treatment Plant in Sheffield, Westmoreland.

The Manager of the Enforcement Branch at NEPA has brought the matter to the attention of the NWC and mandated that the malfunctioning system be rectified within 24 hours.

The Agency has collected water samples along the river for laboratory analysis.

In the meantime, residents and especially fishermen are asked to avoid using the area.

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