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Gov't initiates prosecution of Windalco for Rio Cobre contamination

The government has followed through on its intention to prosecute Windalco for the chemical spill in the Rio Cobre in St. Catherine.

Senator Matthew Samuda, Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, confirmed on Wednesday that the requisite notices have been served on the company for the process to begin.

The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) had announced last Friday its intention to draw down on the full US$771,000 or more than J$115 million environmental performance bond, and to suspend the company's environmental permit.

Mr. Samuda said the draw down and other consequences are significant because there had never been this level of "serious action" taken against a company. 

He said Windalco is also required to replenish the performance bond in order to continue production or any further use of the facility. 

Mr. Samuda gave the update Wednesday night while speaking on TVJ's All Angles.