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DPNR Asks People Affected By Red Mud Removal To Attend Meeting

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Arial view of the red mud removal project

FREDERIKSTED – The Department of Planning and Natural Resources said it will hold a town hall meeting next week on the red mud removal work being done at the St. Croix Renaissance site.

DPNR’s Division of Environmental Protection will hold the public meeting in order to “solicit comments and concerns from the community” about the work being done on St. Croix’s South Shore.

“We are especially urging those residents in the Estate New Works, Profit and Bethlehem areas to come out to this meeting and voice their concerns as well as to hear what the department has been doing in this regard,” said Commissioner Dawn Henry.

The meeting will be held on Thursday September 24 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the University of the Virgin Islands’ Great Hall on the St. Croix Campus, Henry said.


All interested people are invited to attend. For more information please contact Norman Williams, Jr., Director of Environmental Protection at (340) 773-1082.

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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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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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