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VIWMA Closes St. Croix Transfer Station and Anguilla Landfill Due To ‘Heavy Smoke’

FREDERIKSTED — The Virgin Islands Waste Management Authority (VIWMA) said today that the St. Croix Transfer Station and Anguilla Landfill are now closed.

The facilities were temporarily closed today due to heavy smoke caused by a fire which started in the mulch pile at the entrance of the facility on Sunday.

The Virgin Islands Fire Service, VIWMA contractors and staff are working expeditiously to bring the fire under control. We are asking residents to hold bulky waste at home; the public and all haulers are asked to hold waste until normal operating hours resume.

The VIWMA said that it “will provide updates on any changes that may affect the public and haulers utilizing the Solid Waste Facilities.”

“It is recommended that residents with respiratory disorders/conditions shelter in place to minimize exposure to smoke as wind directions change,” VIWMA said.

The Authority will continue to provide updates regarding changes that may affect public health and the environment, it said.

The VIWMA Preserving Paradise Team continues to work diligently to provide reliable services and would like to thank the community for their patience and cooperation.

For additional information, contact Communications Management at (340) 513-4171 or email

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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