EMA investigates La Brea facility after noise complaints
The Environmental Management Authority (EMA) said it is addressing fenceline reports with Caribbean Gas Chemicals Limited (CGCL) after complaints were lodged by the community.
In a statement issued September 9, the EMA said it is 'continuing investigations into the reports of heat, noise, odour and vibration made by residents of Sobo Village and Square Deal in La Brea and by the Member of Parliament for La Brea and Minister of Labour, the Honourable Stephen Mc Clashie following the start-up of operations at Caribbean Gas Chemicals Limited (CGCL)'.
'The EMA’s Environmental Police Unit conducted noise monitoring on September 4th, September 7th and September 8th 2020 respectively and met with CGCL’s representatives to address the residents’ concerns'.
The EMA said CGCL promised the impacts will be reduced moving forward:
'CGCL advised that the impacts being experienced are temporary and are expected to reduce over the period September 10th to 17th, 2020. CGCL has committed to continuing engagement with the fenceline communities through their Corporate Affairs Department.'
The EMA said it 'further advised CGCL that the company should ensure residents are provided with timely and accurate updates regarding the progress of activities at the plant, in accordance with the conditions of the Certificate of Environmental Clearance, whilst the EMA continues to conduct additional noise monitoring in the area'.