Smoke coiling from Jamaica dump concerns residents

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Associated Press

Posted on April 28, 2014 at 8:32 PM

Updated Monday, Apr 28 at 10:04 PM

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — People living in communities around Jamaica's capital say they are exasperated with noxious smoke being released into the air from a blaze that has smoldered at a sprawling trash dump for nearly two weeks.

Residents of southern Portmore and sections of the capital of Kingston say they are worried about the health effect of breathing in smoke, soot and microscopic pollutants. Smoke began to billow from the Riverton City dump on April 18. Another blaze burned there for a week last month.

The civic group Jamaica Environment Trust said Monday that it is receiving complaints daily and is "alarmed by the inability of the authorities to extinguish the fire swiftly."

The group also criticizes government health officials for their silence.

Jamaica's health ministry has yet to issue a public statement.

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