Coalition queries issue of dump liability

| 12/04/2012

Fire being doused (255x300).jpg(CNS): Activists opposing the re-location of the George Town have questioned whether the need to keep costs down by the Dart Group could pose a risk to health and safety at both the existing dump and the proposed new site in Bodden Town. The Coalition to Keep BT Dump Free says that among its numerous concerns about the deal Dart and government are negotiating is how much responsibility Dart will have for the whole issue when it begins the remediation process at the existing landfill if it is not willing to take on the future contingent liabilities. As it will also be developing the first phase of the proposed new landfill in Bodden Town, the activists also query how much responsibility the developer will take for that site.

“But both projects involve Cayman’s environment and the health, safety and welfare of residents, our children and of future generations,” said Coalition leader Vincent Frederick.  “The only control the people can possibly have over what a private company does and how well they do it, in both locations, is their clear and unequivocal responsibility for any contingent damage.”

The activists say that capping and remediation of a landfill, whichis only ever done when it is absolutely essential, carries significant dangers, from explosions to toxic contamination. 

“As part of the so-called ‘ForCayman Investment Alliance’ (FCIA) agreement, does Dart accept liability for its work in George Town and in Bodden Town, as would be expected of any contractor?  The people deserve a clear and honest answer,” Frederick added.

The coalition believes that this is another area where both the developer and government have not been transparent adding to the list of questions about this proposed project which have gone unanswered.

“What they’re proposing to do, for the most senseless reason – getting the GT dump out of Camana Bay’s backyard — can have disastrous consequences for Bodden Town and for all of Grand Cayman," Gregg Anderson, another coalition leader, stated this week.

“The issue should be of vital concern to all of us, requiring openness and honesty.  They cannot be allowed to do this behind our backs.”

He explained that the coalition continues to push for answers to many crucial questions surrounding the relocation of the George Town landfill, as well as requesting key documents but have received no response from the Dart Group, government or the district MLAs.
 

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  1. anonymous says:

    I cannot believe these folks are still trying to say that a new lined solid waste facility in Breakers is worst than the existing dump in George Town! Come on folks, leaving that dump there is THE major environmental disaster of our time and we all know it.

    And yes I understand the NIMBY issue- I dont want it next to my house either but we need to do something with it. Government obviously cannot pay for it. Arden's plan would have taken 20 years while It continues to grow and destroy the north sound. Forget about Dart for a moment and seriously think about your children. Then solve the problem. Moving it is the only logical solution.

    • Anonymous says:

      Just one question: Why can't you do a new waste management facility in George Town? If it is so good, why not keep it in your backyard?

      • Anonymous says:

        Because there is not sufficient space, you should instead be arguing for manditory recycling.

    • Anonymous says:

      Believe the mentality of these people, you need not go further than looking at their District representatives to acknowledge their mode of thinking.

    • CaymanFisting says:

      Worse

      Learn the grammar rules for the word worse

      Worse is a comparative word, just like better only in the negative instead of the positive. This means when comparing two things, one will always be "worse" and not "worst" than the other.

      Here are examples of the word "worse" used properlyin a sentence:

      • Margaret's cooking is worse than Kim's cooking.
      • Wooden roller coasters are much worse than steel coasters.
      • Cheer is worse than Tide about getting stains out.
      • Artificial sweeteners are worse for your health than sugar.

       

      Worst

      Learn the grammar rules for the word worst

      While worse compares two items, worst is a superlative. Think of worst like best, only in the negative. When something is much more terrible than multiple items, it is the "worst" of them all.

      Here are examples of worst used correctly in a sentence:

      • That was the worst movie ever!
      • I have the worst memory when it comes to names.
      • The hottest part of the day is the worst time to do yard work in the summer months.
      • Skunks are the worst smelling animals.

       

      • Anonymous says:

        Your reply was worse than the original and perhaps the worst among the many bad ones.