The Daily Herald writes that Commissioner Bruce Zagers issued a prompt message Wednesday evening, addressing the car-tire fire set ablaze near the Fort Bay landfill.
The toxic smog that engulfed the village of St. John’s Wednesday, led to the closing of the two schools in the compound above the landfill. Currently visiting St. Maarten on official meetings, Zagers stated that: “As the commissioner who holds the portfolio, I just want to make it clear that I am deeply disappointed by the actions today. Disciplinary actions will have to follow for the reckless decision which was made today.”
The local police is finalising a criminal investigation and officers are interrogating an arson suspect.
The Commissioner notes that “over the years government has been very active in making improvements in waste management, and the fire of today definitely does not reflect the wishes and plans of the executive council.” He stressed that for a long time the depositing of tires has been a problem, but that the greater challenge for the government was to find a client who would take them. Zagers said: “Up until as recent as yesterday I had email contact with a client who has taken tires before. The tire problem is one that almost every island in the region faces. I just want to make it clear that the actions of today do not represent any decision made by the Executive Council or any government department.”
Commissioner Zagers reassured the community that this December a landfill expert will be arriving on Saba to discuss a recycling plan. This plan is a proposal submitted by Zagers to the Dutch government prior to the recent Caribbean Netherlands week in The Hague. He said he is positive that the following this visit “the necessary provisions will be made available so that we can continue our efforts to improve waste management and the landfill in general.”