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Wednesday, Sep 30, 2020

Minister Roban and DENR Environmental Engineer Visit Home Owners Affected by BELCO Emissions

Minister Roban and DENR Environmental Engineer Visit Home Owners Affected by BELCO Emissions

On Friday afternoon, August 14th 2020, Minister of Home Affairs the Hon. Walter Roban JP, MP and Dr. Geoff Smith – environmental engineer for the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) – took the opportunity to visit some of the home owners in the St. John’s Road, Pembroke area directly affected by BELCO emissions.
“I was keen to see and hear for myself the concerns of those directly affected”, said Minister Roban. “And frankly, what was brought to my attention – collected particles emitted from BELCO smokestacks and photos that showed roof discoloration – is shocking. Notwithstanding BELCO’s efforts to date, obviously much more needs to be done to eliminate these unwelcome emissions and I continue to encourage regular communication by BELCO with the affected home owners, until these issues are resolved.”

As a reminder, residents directly impacted by BELCO emissions should e-mail their complaints to pollutioncontrol@gov.bm.

Attached photos: 0001 – Minister Roban meets with a concerned area resident. 0002 – Collected particles emitted from BELCO smokestacks. 0003 – Dr. Geoff Smith with a photo of some soot that had collected in the gutter of a roof of a residential property located on Underhill Crescent. 0004 – Photo of roof discoloration from BELCO emissions. 0006 – Paper towel burnt by collected particles emitted from BELCO smokestacks.
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