Proposed Brac Landfill Examined
Published 29th July 2008, 2:58pm
The Ministry of Communication, Works and Infrastructure (MCWI) and Department of Environmental Health (DEH) have jointly hosted a public information session, to present an environmental impact assessment (EIA) draft report on Cayman Brac's proposed new Waste Management Facility.
Representing MCWI was Chief Officer Carson Ebanks MBE, JP; Senior Policy Officer Troy Jacobs, and Acting Policy, Research, and Administrative Officer Garfield Ellison. Present for the DEH were Director Roydell Carter, Assistant Director of Solid Waste, Sean McGinn and Cayman Brac Environmental Health Officer Thomas Augustine.
At the event were also present MLA Moses Kirkconnell and the District Commissioner Ernie Scott, JP.
The DEH plans to develop a new waste management facility to replace the existing landfill and to deal with solid waste generated on the Brac in an environmentally friendly way. To be located on the Bluff, the site is Crown-owned and covers some100 acres.
Development and operation of the new facility, which will comprise an engineered landfill, ancillary structures, waste separation and recycling activities that will conform with relevant US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) and European Union standards.
The purpose of the EIA, (which usually takes place prior to actual development) is to avoid or minimise environmental impact throughout the lifespan of the facility, from design, to operation and on to final closure.
One important element of the EIA process is consultation with interested parties and with the public, hence the report's findings were presented by APEC Consulting Engineers Ltd. Management, Pearse Murphy and Laura Fitzgerald.
Ms Fitzgerald stated: "The proposed engineered landfill will be designed to current international standards, with the aim of protecting the receiving environment. Measures to protect resources including ecology, amenity, landscape and water resources have all been diligently and carefully incorporated into the design."
She added, "Another positive environmental impact of the project is the closure of the existing, older landfill on Cayman Brac."
Due in part to the inclement weather, attendance at the EIA public consultation event was low, but the process continues as explanatory fliers will also be sent to Brac residents' post boxes. Comments and feedback to the draft report can be submitted to the DEH Stake Bay Road office, or to the District Administration Building.
The final EIA report will be subsequently compiled, incorporating public feedback, and will be submitted to the Sister Islands Development Control Board. It will accompany the application for planning permission to construct and operate the new facility; public feedback on the project will also be welcomed at that stage.
Bracker Capt Arlin Tatum commented, "I think this is an excellent plan and I encourage Brac residents to review it."
MLA Moses Kirkconnell agreed: "Our current landfill is giving us environmental concerns and therefore, as our purpose is to develop a sustainable economy in Cayman Brac, a project like this is very much welcomed."
For more information about the Brac's new waste management facility and its EIA report, please contact DEH Assistant Director of Solid Waste Sean McGinn, phone 949-8793 or email Sean.McGinn@gov.ky.