June 19, 2014
The Alumina Hydrate spilled into the Salt River in Clarendon following Monday's accident involving a Windalco-contracted truck has been safely removed.
According to the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) the hydrate was removed from the waterbed yesterday by a team from Windalco in the presence of the incident response team from NEPA. Windalco was mandated to take specific actions to remove any trace of the alumina hydrate in the sediments of the river.
NEPA is collecting water samples to determine the impact of the spilled alumina hydrate on the water quality in the river.
On Monday evening a Windalco contracted truck hauling approximately 35 tonnes of alumina hydrate from the Ewarton Works refinery to a temporary storage facility at Salt River overturned in the Salt River at approximately 4:40 p.m.
NEPA is advising the public that it is now safe to traverse the area.