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DPNR Says It Is Monitoring Anguilla Landfill Fire, Warns People To Avoid Breathing Smoke

FREDERIKSTED — The Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) said that it in monitoring the fire that began at the Anguilla Landfill in the early morning hours Sunday.

The fire reportedly originated in the mulch section at the entrance to the Anguilla Landfill about 3 a.m. on Sunday, according to DPNR Commissioner Dawn Henry.

“The community downwind, presently to the west of the landfill, is advised to take precautionary measures especially the elderly, children, those persons with respiratory ailments, allergies and compromised immune systems,” Henry said in a prepared statement.

Since the fire began, the Virgin Islands Waste Management Authority (VIWMA) and the Virgin Islands Fire Service are in the process of containing and controlling the fire, DPNR said.

The Division of Environmental Protection, Air Quality Management Program will continue to monitor the situation and will advise the public of any changes.

For additional information, contact the Air Quality Management Program 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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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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