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Mapp Has Funded Waste Management Authority To Continue Taking Out The Trash

CHARLOTTE AMALIE – Governor Kenneth Mapp said he has approved operating expenses for the Virgin Islands Waste Management Authority (VIWMA) and additional funding for vendors.

Bill No. 32-0290 appropriates $25.4 million from the General Fund to the VIWMA for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2019, which includes $4 million for vendor payments.

The governor prioritized approval of funding for VIWMA in order to facilitate paying waste haulers and to support the cleanup and beautification of the territory.

“We have come a long way, but there is still far too much trash and debris,” Mapp said. “We now have quite a bit of construction waste to take care as homes and businesses are repaired.”

Mapp said today the funds will allow the Authority to increase its staff and cover outstanding vendor payments. In his transmittal letter to Senate President Myron Jackson, the governor stated that VIWMA continues to be responsible for managing an immense amount of debris.

“As you know, the VIWMA had the monumental task of handling approximately five times the amount of the average residential and commercial waste,” Mapp wrote. “This task coupled with the daily responsibilities of VIWMA to handle the Territory’s solid waste put an incredible strain on VIWMA’s staff and finances. As such, it is imperative that I approve this bill today to allow the VIWMA to meet its responsibilities and obligations for the betterment of the Territory’s residents and environment.”

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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