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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Associate Deputy Administrator Doug Benevento and Region 2 Administrator Pete Lopez wrapped up a visit with Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. and other senior officials Tuesday as the territory was awarded $10 million for waste diversion work.
A fire broke out at the Anguilla Landfill Thursday morning around 6 a.m. It was put out by noon and the landfill will open at 6 a.m. Friday, according to Waste Management Authority spokeswoman Melody Rames.
Unpaid trash haulers and companies operating the territory’s two landfills have come to an agreement with the government to get money now and hopefully more soon, averting a threatened work stoppage that would have gone into effect June 9.
Trash haulers and companies operating the territory's two landfills may stop hauling trash and stop maintaining the landfills by June 8 if the Waste Management Authority does not pony up millions of dollars.
A fire was observed in the scrap metals section of Anguilla Landfill and reported to the Fire Service around 2:36 p.m. Monday afternoon. Landfill operations have not been affected.
The territory could be only months and a few million dollars away from not only reducing its landfills’ trash by 70 percent, but also creating jobs and an entirely new economic driver for the U.S. Virgin Islands.
A fire was spotted on the southeast perimeter slope of the St. Croix Anguilla landfill at 7:10 p.m. Sunday, April 26. It was the landfill’s 10th fire in less than 12 months.
St. Croix’s Anguilla Landfill has only an acre and a half of space left, giving it a life expectancy of one month, according to Adrian Taylor, executive director of V.I. Waste Management Authority.
The fire is located at the northeast corner of the landfill and has been contained as of 3 p.m. Tuesday. Haulers also are asked to hold waste until normal operating hours resume.
For at least the eighth time in the last year and the fourth time this year, the Anguilla Landfill on St. Croix was closed Saturday because of a fire.
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