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June 17, 2014
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Truck with toxic chemical overturns on Salt River Road

The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) and the Jamaica Bauxite Institute (JBI) are cautioning persons to stay away from the vicinity of a motor vehicle accident on the Salt River Road in Clarendon.

According to the NEPA at around 4:40 yesterday evening, the agency got a report that a WINDALCO contracted truck, carrying 35 tonnes of alumina hydrate, overturned in the Salt River, two miles from the intersection of the Old Harbour Road and Free Town in Clarendon. Alumina hydrate is a chemical used in the processing of bauxite.

The agency noted that while the chemical is now contained in the truck, the removal of the truck from the river may cause spillage. If the chemical contents are released it will result in a white discoloration of the water and will adversely affect aquatic life, if released in large amount.

The agency said no one was hurt in the accident and a team from WINDALCO was currently on the scene. Meanwhile, the NEPA and the JBI will dispatch a team today to supervise clean-up efforts.

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