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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.
The board of the V.I. Waste Management Authority Thursday started a weekend annual meeting discussing plans to shut down the St. Croix Anguilla Landfill in the next two years. In 2018, the federal government ordered the landfill to close.
An active fire at the Anguilla Landfill was reported Friday at 11:04 p.m., according to a release from the Waste Management Authority.
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.
Firefighters continued to battle a blaze at the Anguilla Landfill on St. Croix Tuesday night, according to a news release issued at 11:30 p.m. Tuesday.
How well workers at the Waste Management Authority have done with taking over operations of two wastewater treatment plants came under the scrutiny of a federal judge on Friday.
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.
In the U.S. Virgin Islands, household waste of every kind goes in one bag and ultimately winds up in the landfill in Anguilla on St. Croix or Bovoni on St. Thomas. Both of these sites have been slated for closing for years.
The V. I. Waste Management Authority is $24 million in debt and facing a budget cut of 17 percent. Sen. Novelle Francis at Tuesday's Senate Committee on Finance budget hearing called the situation a travesty. 'We need to pay these people,' he said.
Around 25 people attended a Tuesday town hall meeting hosted by the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency at the Florence Williams Library in Christiansted in order to hear comments about the V.I. taking responsibility for its solid waste landfills.
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