Today, members of the New River Task Force held its 7th meeting here in Orange Walk Town to discuss several issues of interest. As viewers may recall, the Task Force was formed last year with the aim of continuously monitoring the conditions of the New River which had become heavily polluted during the early months of 2019, emitting an unpleasant stench which later affected the health of many residents as well as students and teachers who were found in the immediate area.
The task force comprises of representatives from the Department of Environment (DOE), Ministry of Health, Friends of the New River and other relevant stakeholder and today was the first time that the group has gathered for the new year 2020 to discuss plans that are to be executed in order to prevent the New River from being polluted once again. We understand that also discussed were results of several testing carried out by the South Florida Team in 2019.
After a very lengthy meeting which lasted approximately four hours, we approached the Chairperson of the Task Force and Deputy Chief Environmental Officer of the DOE, Edgar Ek, for an interview, however, we were informed that he is required to request approval from the Ministry prior to conducting an interview on the matter. We are expected to get a response by tomorrow and hope to bring you further details of the meeting in tomorrow’s newscast.