The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) is advising the public that Emergency Response Teams from the ODPEM, the National Environmental Planning Agency (NEPA) and the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) have conducted a reconnaissance tour to ascertain the type of substance which has been emitting fumes and its source which has not yet been identified.
The Response teams visited the following areas: Portmore Toll Plaza Fort Augusta Correctional Center Sections along the Port Henderson Coastline Kingston Container Terminals Kingston Wharves.
Samples of sand and sea-water were collected by the NEPA to be analyzed over the coming days. Additional, air-quality will be monitored over the next seven days.
It has been confirmed that environmental conditions have normalized as the odour has dissipated significantly and therefore poses no immediate danger to the public.
Motorists may proceed freely along the main thoroughfares of Port Henderson Road and the Portmore Toll Road but are still advised to take precaution. The public is being asked to contact the JCF, the ODPEM or the NEPA if any irregularities are observed.
The ODPEM will continue to provide information as the situation demands.
Contact – Delmares White
Director Information and Training, ODPEM