WINDALCO slapped with enforcement notice, faces lawsuit

The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA), on Friday, served West Indies Alumina Company (WINDALCO) with an enforcement notice for allowing effluent from the Ewarton, St Catherine, bauxite plant to seep into the Rio Cobre.

WINDALCO is accused of allowing effluent to get into the Rio Cobre, causing a fish kill. (Photo: wmnf.org)
WINDALCO is accused of allowing effluent to get into the Rio Cobre, causing a fish kill. (Photo: wmnf.org)

The alleged infringement took place on Tuesday, which resulted in a fish kill, with NEPA officials indicating that early evidence is pointing to a rise in the pH levels in the river.

Meanwhile, Natalie Neita, Member of Parliament for North Central St Catherine, where WINDALCO’s Ewarton plant is situated, is reportedly filing a lawsuit against the entity on behalf of the residents.

According to Neita, several persons in the constituency have fallen ill after using water or consuming fish from the Rio Cobre and had to seek medical treatment.

Neita contends that WINDALCO’s ongoing contamination of the river makes it difficult for the residents, who use it as a water source for domestic use and fishing.