The indiscriminate dumping of waste in St Thomas has reared its smelly head again, angering Member of Parliament Cynthia Forde, who has demanded that truckers stop the practice.
And she has called on the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of the Environment and the Ministry of Tourism to correct the situation as a matter of urgency.
Forde, accompanied by a team from Barbados TODAY, visited Mount Wilton and Clifton Hill, St Thomas this morning, where thousands of gallons of contaminated molasses were being dumped.
While at the scene around 11:15, two open-back trucks were seen entering the property to deposit their waste.
Speaking to Barbados TODAY at the conclusion of the tour, Forde said she became aware of the situation two nights ago when residents complained of a terrible odour.
“The residents were concerned about the odour. However, following my investigations yesterday, I learnt that there is dumping of molasses in the area of Mount Wilton and Clifton Hill. I even ventured to travel on the private property to be able to gather basic information that would enlighten me and the relevant agencies responsible for the dumping,” Forde said.
Forde recalled that she was informed by the property owner that the molasses became contaminated after water had entered the tanks in which the molasses was stored.
According to the parliamentary representative, when questioned about the benefits of dumping the molasses on prime agricultural land, the owner informed her that it would assist in building the stock of earthworms, which would strengthen the soil.
Pointing out that the two estates were in close proximity to Harrison’s Cave, the Opposition Barbados Labour Party MP contended the waste matter could expose that major tourist attraction to serious damage.
“While it may be true that the illegal dumping may enrich the soil, the contaminated molasses could also enter the water system and even damage the coral limestone of which the Cave is made,” she argued.
Barbados TODAY has been unable to ascertain who was responsible for dumping the molasses, with the Barbados Agricultural Management Company denying knowledge of it.