79.1 F
Charlotte Amalie
Saturday, July 24, 2021
HomeNewsArchivesAnguilla Landfill Will Close After Fire Extinguished

Anguilla Landfill Will Close After Fire Extinguished

April 8, 2008 — Specialists will put out an underground fire at Anguilla Landfill this summer, the Waste Management Authority's executive director told the Planning and Environmental Protection Committee Tuesday.
During the Senate oversight hearing in Frederiksted, May Adams Cornwall briefed the senators on the status of the Anguilla landfill on St. Croix and the Bovoni landfill on St. Thomas. As in a number of stateside landfills, fires have burned sporadically underground for years at Anguilla. A federal mandate to close the landfill and a worsening of the fire have made putting it out a priority.
"A series of smaller fires connected over the south and southwest slopes of the Anguilla Landfill," Cornwall said, "creating a situation of imminent failure and danger to the operating contractor and Waste Management staff, the Henry E. Rohlsen Airport operations and the surrounding community. … as these fires burn, the surface can cave in and people and equipment can fall into the fire."
The Anguilla Landfill is scheduled for closure on Dec. 31, 2009. Although no waste can be accepted after this date, federal law and a mandate from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency require capping of the landfill, monitoring for environmental contamination, testing for levels of methane and other gases produced by buried garbage, and installation of a gas-collection system. The fire must be extinguished before these can be done, Cornwall said.
The Bovoni landfill will have to be closed in about seven years, she said.
This sort of fire suppression is highly specialized and, without the proper expertise, potentially dangerous, Cornwall said. Williams Fire and Hazard Control, a Texas-based industrial firefighting company, has been contracted, and the job is budgeted at $3.9 million. A week ago the V.I. Public Finance Authority authorized the release of capital bond funds for the job. (See "PFA Authorizes $14 Million to Buy Police Cars, Fight Landfill Fire.")
Work should begin May 12, Cornwall said.
"It is a 60-day project," she said. "They tend to come in, do the job and get out. It should be done on or before — more likely before — July 5. Waste Management will then proceed with EPA compliance work."
Asked how long the Anguilla landfill had been in operation, Cornwall and other testifiers conferred and estimated its genesis to be sometime around 1966 or '67. Cornwall said the monitoring and gas-collection measures were mandated by the Environmental Protection Agency, but the closure was required by the Federal Aviation Administration.
The proximity of the landfill to the Henry E. Rohlsen Airport has caused the V.I. Port Authority to lose eligibility for the Federal Aviation Administration discretionary grant funds, said Clanicia Pelle of the Department of Planning and Natural Resources' Division of Environmental Protection.
This has cost the airport between $7.5 million and $10 million dollars annually in federal grants for capital projects at the St. Croix and St. Thomas airports, said Kenn Hobson, interim executive director of the Port Authority. Once the landfill is closed, those funds should flow again, allowing more capital improvements at both airports, he said.
Back Talk Share your reaction to this news with other Source readers. Please include headline, your name and city and state/country or island where you reside.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
Advertising (skip)
Advertising (skip)




Support local + independent journalism in the U.S. Virgin Islands

Unlike many news organizations, we haven't put up a paywall – we want to keep our journalism as accessible as we can. Our independent journalism costs time, money and hard work to keep you informed, but we do it because we believe that it matters. We know that informed communities are empowered ones. If you appreciate our reporting and want to help make our future more secure, please consider donating.

JOIN OUR MAILING LIST

STAY CONNECTED

20,771FansLike
4,348FollowersFollow

FROM FACEBOOK

Comments Box SVG iconsUsed for the like, share, comment, and reaction icons
12 hours ago
Virgin Islands Source

Juju & Cece’s Lemonades and Treats is hosting a "Freco and Lemonade" event today from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Cultured Naturals Body Care located on Company Street in Christiansted, St. Croix.

The business, Juju & Cece’s Lemonades, evolved from a summer project put together by 4-year-old Juliett Reid-Ventura and 3-year-old Gracie Reid-Ventura. #visource #usvi #supportlocalbusiness
... See MoreSee Less

Juju & Cece’s Lemonades and Treats is hosting a Freco and Lemonade event today from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Cultured Naturals Body Care  located on Company Street in Christiansted, St. Croix. 

The business, Juju & Cece’s Lemonades, evolved from a summer project put together by 4-year-old Juliett Reid-Ventura and 3-year-old Gracie Reid-Ventura. #visource #usvi #supportlocalbusiness

Comment on Facebook

Cute as a button. Darling little princess. Please protect them

Make sure they Mask 😷 up.

Loving and trusting someone is such a risk and i don't wish any woman to be in the same shoes as i was sometime back when I caught my husband red-handed with my own best friend in our own bed. I couldn't believe it when I saw it and my heart started beating so fast and felt like my body is shaking then I ran straight to my elder sister's house. I cried so much and my sister left me to cry and told me it would help ease the pain I was feeling. Then she sat me down and asked me if I still love my husband and I told her yes of course, and she told me that we all learn and grow through mistakes and no one is perfect and told me that if I wanted my man back I should fight for him and never trust friends again.My sister told me to contact profisma+27783320386 who had helped her husband with financial issues and told me he will help me bring my man back. It took me weeks to think about it because we come from a strong religious background but things worsened because I could not even concentrate at work and i got fired, and after that, i remembered what my sister had told me about consulting with him. That's when I contacted him and told everything, he listened, and told me that he will solve all my problems in 48 hrs. Since it was my first time doing this, i could not believe his words just like that but i had to wait until the time he had promised. I was asked to buy materials to help me which I did, we begun the prayer and results were delivered in three days. My husband called me and asked me where I was, and he came straight to me and confessed how my best friend seduced him, and he was sorry to fall into her trap and showed me all the messages my best friend was sending to him and promised never to see her again and promised to love me and only me. That evening he took me to a romantic dinner, Since prophet isma helped me, I got a better paying job than the previous one, my husband is back to the old man I used to know and he loves me so much and does everything to see that am happy. Thank you so much prophet, your spells indeed work. If you're going through struggles, you can text him on WhatsApp +27783320386 or call him

Load more
Print Friendly, PDF & Email