Peter Knight, Chief Executive Officer at NEPA
The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) says it does not expect any negative effects on public health or the environment during the conversion of old tyres at the Riverton dump to provide energy to Caribbean Cement Company.
The Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) on Sunday raised concern about aspects of the project.
But Peter Knight, Chief Executive Officer at NEPA, responded to the concern, noting that based on the work that has been done with all the stakeholders in the project, "we are confident that this...will not have the adverse impacts that are being banded about."
The government on Monday also sought to allay concerns that the tyres to energy project will negatively affect the environment.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed Monday morning between the Government of Jamaica and the management of Caribbean Cement at Jamaica House.
Under the MOU, two million old tyres at the Riverton Dump will be transported to the cement manufacturer where it will be converted to energy.
The tyres will be removed from the Riverton dump within three to five years.