Investigation of Landfill fire

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Philipsburg – Immediately after the fire that took place on the landfill on the night of June 1, 2016, suspicious behaviors were reported concerning the cause of the fire.

At this moment, it is not clear how the fire has started, however the Minister of VROMI, Angel Meyers would like to start a full investigation of the Sanitary landfill and its operations.

The Minister plan to thoroughly investigate with related stakeholders and the Ministry of VROMI, the occurrences on the landfill.

The Minister is taking the activities on the dump very seriously. As mentioned in the Press briefing on June 1st, 2016 the Minister approached SOAB to assist in analyzing the processes of the landfill.

With this initiative the Minister Meyers will gain insight to their current risk exposure on the landfill as the responsible ministry for waste management and activities, and the appropriate checks and balances that can be implemented to minimize the risks.

The ultimate goal is for the government of St. Maarten to ensure the sanitary landfill is managed optimally.