Category: Environmental News

FEMA Obligates $30M To VIWMA On St. Croix For Wastewater Treatment System Design

KINGSHILL — The Federal Emergency Management Agency has jumpstarted the replacement of the St. Croix Wastewater system with a $30 million award to the Virgin Islands Waste Management Authority. VIWMA can now begin the architectural and engineering design work for the island of St. Croix. These funds will allow the territory to begin the design in […]

Celebrate Hashtag National Turtle Day Today!

Today is #NationalTurtleDay! If you’re in the Caribbean, that’s reason enough to start celebrating! Anyone who is lucky enough to come across these gentle creatures in their underwater world feels excited and blessed to have experienced the encounter. If you have photos of your turtle encounter, share them with us! #NationalTurtleDay

New York Times Reveals How Haiti Became The Poorest Country In The Americas

By GERMAN LOPEZ/New York Times France’s ransom Haiti is one of the poorest countries in the world, and a new Times investigative series explores why. One stunning detail: France demanded reparations from Haitians it once enslaved. That debt hamstrung Haiti’s economy for decades — and kept it from building even basic social services, like sewage […]

U.S. To Ease A Few Economic Sanctions Against Venezuela

CARACAS — The United States government is moving to ease a few economic sanctions on Venezuela in a gesture meant to encourage resumed negotiations between the U.S.-backed opposition and the government of President Nicolás Maduro. The limited changes will allow Chevron Corp. to negotiate its license with the state-owned oil company, PDVSA, but not to […]

Prenatal Ward At Juan F. Luis Hospital Shut Down Due To Cleanliness Concerns Of Staff

CHRISTIANSTED — The Juan F. Luis Hospital closed its prenatal ward two weeks ago and moved it to the post-partum unit of the medical facility, the Juan F. Luis Hospital management said Saturday. Concerns with the cleanliness of its Labor and Delivery (L&D) unit of the hospital were reported by the staff on duty the […]

Concerned Scientists Probe Sea Urchin Deaths In Caribbean

SAN JUAN (AP) — Sea urchins are dying across the Caribbean at a pace scientists say could rival a mass die-off that last occurred in 1983, alarming many who warn the trend could further decimate already frail coral reefs in the region. Dive shops first began reporting the deaths in February, perplexing scientists and worrying […]

Governor Says Online St. Croix Refinery Could Be Key To Relieving National Gas Price Crisis

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Governor Albert Bryan issued the following statement about the potential for the St. Croix refinery to assist the United States in its national gas price relief efforts: “The United States faces unprecedented challenges on the energy front. Supply chain issues associated with the pandemic, the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and general inflationary […]

EPA To Begin Inspecting Underground Storage Tanks At Gas Stations On St. Croix Today

FREDERIKSTED — Commissioner Jean-Pierre Oriol of the Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) advises all Gas Station owners and/or operators of underground storage tanks that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 2, will be conducting underground storage tank (UST) Inspections in the St. Croix District on or about the week of April 11, […]

4 Major Hurricanes Forecast For 2022 Atlantic Hurricane Season -Colorado State University

FORT COLLINS — The 2022 Atlantic hurricane season is expected to include four major hurricanes with sustained winds of at least 111 miles per hour (178 km per hour), forecasters at Colorado State University said on Thursday. A total of 19 tropical storms with winds of at least 39 mph (63 kph) and nine hurricanes […]

DPNR’s Building Permits Division To Discard Old Building Plans

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The Department of Planning and Natural Resources said that the Division of Permits will be discarding files received between 2011 and 2017, according to DPNR Commissioner Jean -Pierre Oriol. As stipulated in the International Residential Code and International Building Code, the Division of Permits may hold construction plans for up to six […]