PNP's Neita to file lawsuit against Windalco over Rio Cobre contamination

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PNP's Neita to file lawsuit against Windalco over Rio Cobre contamination

Friday, October 18, 2019

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Member of Parliament for North Central St Catherine, Natalie Neita, is moving to file a lawsuit on behalf of her constituents against bauxite firm West Indies Alumina Company (WINDALCO).

Neita, in a statement today, claimed that residents who live on the banks of the Rio Cobre have fallen ill after consuming fish or using water from the contaminated river.

Following a massive fish kill earlier this week, the National Environmental and Planning Agency (NEPA) has identified the bauxite company as the source of the problem.

Neita said she believes that the bauxite company has been careless with its disposal of waste and contends that the continuing contamination of the river has been disastrous for several communities that depend on the river for fishing and domestic use.

“This reoccurrence is now tantamount to carelessness on the part of the company. Persons have fallen ill from eating contaminated fish and swimming in the effluent filled river,” said Neita.

She added that: “people have to be seeking medical help to deal with conditions arising from the contamination of the water and WINDALCO must be held accountable for this unnecessary disaster”.

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