Independent Senator John Watson has come out in support of a waste-to-energy plasma gasification plant in Vaucluse, St Thomas.
Watson gave his backing to the controversial project today while speaking in the Senate on the Sanitation Service Authority (Amendment) Bill, 2016.
He said he had some concerns about the proposed Cahill project, including the cost and its size.
However, the Independent Senator said there were benefits to establishing such a plant here.
“I see nothing wrong with the plasma gasification plant as a method of converting waste-to-energy. I looked at it and I have seen nothing wrong with it,” he told the Upper Chamber.
“What I said before [and] I still stand by is that it is an expensive method of creating energy at very high cost and it also requires a substantial level of maintenance. For that reason I have some concerns about it. But the process itself I see nothing wrong with it.
“In terms of the plant in Barbados that is being talked about, and if some of those things are true, then the plant that is being proposed for Barbados to my mind might be too big. In order to run the plant we may have to bring in waste.”
Watson emphasized that if plasma gasification was the route Barbados had to take, policymakers needed to ensure that the size of the plant suited the country’s needs and that there would be no need to import garbage or to use agricultural land to produce fuel for that plant.
He lamented the narrow focus of both Government and Opposition parliamentarians on the issue of waste disposal, complaining that those on the governing side tended to address the issue of financial waste at Greenland, while those in Opposition tended to speak about the Cahill project.
“To my mind that is their politics. My position here as an Independent Senator is to give a view that I think is rational and reasonable for the better development of the country,” Watson explained.