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JET's review of the Riverton Fire 2018 Report by NEPA
On July 29, 2018 a major fire broke out at the Riverton Solid Waste Disposal site operated by the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) in Kingston. The fire lasted for several days and negatively impacted air quality across the Kingston Metropolitan Area and sections of South East St. Catherine. In the weeks following, the Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) and several other civil society stakeholders called on the state environmental regulators, the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA), to release the results of air quality monitoring in the area during the fire. On September 11, a report on the fire was released by NEPA on their website. With technical assistance from Dr. Anthony Greenaway, retired Senior Lecturer in the Department of Chemistry at the UWI Mona campus and expert in environmental pollution and industrial chemistry, and the Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide (ELAW) in Eugene, Oregon the Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) reviewed NEPA’s Riverton Fire August 2018 Report.