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The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) will be doing further tests to determine the source of the chemical pollutant, which affected scores of persons near the vicinity of the Central Sorting Office on February 28.

The agency, after rigorous analysis, has identified the chemical as methylene chloride.

Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Robert Pickersgill, told JIS News that finding the source of the pollutant is crucial in preventing a recurrence of the incident, which resulted in several persons seeking medical attention, and the temporary closure of some schools and businesses.

“Yes of course they would like to discover from whence it originated. There are theories, but nothing is as yet conclusive in that regard,” he told JIS News.

NEPA, in a release on Tuesday, March 12, said the chemical was identified through air quality tests conducted by the agency, the Ministry of Health and analysed by Airzone One Limited in Canada.

Methylene chloride or dichloromethane is an organic compound used mostly as a solvent.  In its natural form, it is a colourless liquid with an insubstantial odour.


By O. Rodger Hutchinson, JIS Reporter

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