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Michael Monteleone, vice president of strategic business development at Oasis Consulting, describes the company's services. (Courtesy of the Waste Management Authority)

WMA Hires Engineers to Plan Anguilla Closure and New STX Landfill

The V.I. Waste Management Authority has hired Oasis Consulting Services to design and help with closing Anguilla Landfill over the next year or so, while identifying and preparing a new St. Croix landfill location.
Cleanup volunteer takes plastic off a mangrove in 2019. (Photo by Kristin Wilson Grimes)

Volunteers Sought for Large-Scale Mangrove Cleanups on Each Island

A large-scale community cleanup of the St. Thomas East End Reserve is now expanding to include Salt River, St. Croix and Coral Bay, St. John and seeks community-minded volunteers on each island.
No tires have been removed from the Anguilla Landfill on St. Croix, despite an agreement that that would happen.

EPA Approves USVI Self-Permitting of Landfills

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.
The nearly-completed bird blind as it looks now, in late December. (Source photo by Don Buchanan)

At Trail’s End, a Bird Blind Takes Shape

Residents and visitors to St. Croix will soon have a comfortable, unobtrusive place to observe more than 160 species of birds that live or visit the island. The St. Croix Environmental Association's new bird blind at Southgate Pond is well on its way toward completion.

Short-Term Bailout Coming To Keep WAPA Running

After a second emergency meeting on Monday, the governor and senators agreed in principle to make an emergency appropriation later this week to pay immediate past-due accounts to Vitol to restore propane supplies and keep the electricity flowing at the V.I. Water and Power Authority.
VITOL propane shipment arrives on St. Croix in 2015, from V.I. Source archives

WAPA Default Cuts Off Propane: Electricity Crisis Prompts Emergency Meetings

Vitol, the V.I. Water and Power Authority's propane supplier and creditor for WAPA's conversion from oil to propane electricity generation, cut off the propane it supplies the utility at noon Saturday. This means WAPA must use more expensive fuel oil instead and cannot use its newest, most efficient generators.

Plaskett Defends V.I. Cockfighting

After several past efforts, it looks like cockfighting is now banned throughout the United States, including the territories, as of December 20, but not without opposition both here in the USVI and over in neighboring Puerto Rico.

WAPA: Utility Bills Will Jump Without PSC Action on Base Rate

Without the 2.5 cent base rate hike the Public Services Commission denied on Thursday, the V.I. Water and Power Authority will default on its debt to Vitol, cutting off propane and forcing it to revert to oil, which will up the cost of fuel by 20 cents per kilowatt-hour.
In this 2011 photo, Central High students leave school early after a mysterious odor caused classes to be canceled. (Source file photo)

Central High Students Missing Second Week Due to Smells

Students at St. Croix Central High are now entering their second week without class and with no end in sight, due to ongoing complaints of an unpleasant smell. Central High School will remain closed on Wednesday, Nov. 20.

WAPA’s Finances, Part 3: Is There Light at the End of the Tunnel?

WAPA is losing money and swimming in debt, with very high electricity costs. Decades of hospitals and government agencies using it an involuntary lender by not paying power bills have starved it, forcing chronic delays in maintenance and upgrades. But not all is doom and gloom.

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