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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.
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.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Tuesday it has approved the U.S. Virgin Islands’ municipal solid waste landfill permit program, allowing the territory to manage its landfills and expand or create new ones.
St. Thomas residents and businesses waiting for the V.I. Waste Management Authority to lift scrap metal restrictions at the Bovoni Landfill will have to wait longer, according to a WMA spokeswoman.
A Waste Management Authority spokesperson Friday denied a report that the agency is about to stop accepting sargassum at the St. Thomas landfill, but said it recognizes the continuing volume of seaweed drifting into V.I. waters and that the rotting on its shorelines is a serious problem.