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ST. CROIX LANDFILL BURNS AGAIN

Yet another fire at the Anguilla Landfill flared up late Wednesday night and burned into Thursday, the same day the Department of Public Works was to hold a pre-bid conference for a new solid-waste management facility.
But, although the fire and the ensuing pall of smoke were successfully brought under control, Public Works officials stood up a group of contractors, some from off-island, who had come to get official information on the project aimed at curing the territory’s solid waste problems.
The conference was to be held in the meeting room at the Henry E. Rohlsen Airport. But after an hour of waiting the contractors still hadn’t received an explanation why Public Works officials didn’t show, said Brian McCrae, an engineer with a local contractor.
"It was bad enough that I wasted my time," he said. "But there were guys there from Indiana and Florida."
Calls to Public Works weren’t returned Thursday afternoon to find out what happened to the department’s representative. Those who waited said a phone call informing them that the conference had been canceled would have been appreciated.
"Nobody has officially told us what happened," McCrae said, adding that the meeting hasn’t been rescheduled.
Meanwhile, Dwayne Fergus, the government contractor who maintains the dump, was called out to the landfill at about 11 p.m. Wednesday because of a flare-up, the latest in a string of fires at the site.
"The fire department and I were called out at about 10:30 or 11 p.m.," Fergus said on WSTX radio Thursday. "I stayed there for about five hours but there was little we could do" because of rough terrain.
Along with four full-fledged fires this year, there have been three or four flare-ups just in the last few days, Fergus said. The likely cause is methane gas generated by decomposing garbage. "We’ve got some serious problems at the landfill," Fergus said.
Among the problems is the task of closing the dump and building a new solid-waste facility. The millions of dollars granted to the V.I. Port Authority for a crucial runway extension at the adjacent airport could turn into loans if the landfill isn’t closed by Dec. 2002.
The Federal Aviation Administration has also ordered that the dump be closed because birds that feed off of it pose a threat to aircraft.
While dump fires usually send dark smoke in the direction of the airport, a staffer at the control tower said Thursday’s fire didn’t affect flights.
"It was a slow smoulder today. Not as bad as it can get."

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Yet another fire at the Anguilla Landfill flared up late Wednesday night and burned into Thursday, the same day the Department of Public Works was to hold a pre-bid conference for a new solid-waste management facility.
But, although the fire and the ensuing pall of smoke were successfully brought under control, Public Works officials stood up a group of contractors, some from off-island, who had come to get official information on the project aimed at curing the territory’s solid waste problems.
The conference was to be held in the meeting room at the Henry E. Rohlsen Airport. But after an hour of waiting the contractors still hadn’t received an explanation why Public Works officials didn’t show, said Brian McCrae, an engineer with a local contractor.
"It was bad enough that I wasted my time," he said. "But there were guys there from Indiana and Florida."
Calls to Public Works weren’t returned Thursday afternoon to find out what happened to the department’s representative. Those who waited said a phone call informing them that the conference had been canceled would have been appreciated.
"Nobody has officially told us what happened," McCrae said, adding that the meeting hasn’t been rescheduled.
Meanwhile, Dwayne Fergus, the government contractor who maintains the dump, was called out to the landfill at about 11 p.m. Wednesday because of a flare-up, the latest in a string of fires at the site.
"The fire department and I were called out at about 10:30 or 11 p.m.," Fergus said on WSTX radio Thursday. "I stayed there for about five hours but there was little we could do" because of rough terrain.
Along with four full-fledged fires this year, there have been three or four flare-ups just in the last few days, Fergus said. The likely cause is methane gas generated by decomposing garbage. "We’ve got some serious problems at the landfill," Fergus said.
Among the problems is the task of closing the dump and building a new solid-waste facility. The millions of dollars granted to the V.I. Port Authority for a crucial runway extension at the adjacent airport could turn into loans if the landfill isn’t closed by Dec. 2002.
The Federal Aviation Administration has also ordered that the dump be closed because birds that feed off of it pose a threat to aircraft.
While dump fires usually send dark smoke in the direction of the airport, a staffer at the control tower said Thursday’s fire didn’t affect flights.
"It was a slow smoulder today. Not as bad as it can get."