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  • The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) is monitoring the extent, reach and impact of the offensive odour, which blanketed sections of the Corporate Area on Thursday, November 6.
  • Under conditions of high salinity in the ponds, bacteria proliferate and generate hydrogen sulphite gas, which is “taken by the wind into sections of Kingston and surrounding areas.”
  • The strong “sewage odour” was experienced by residents in parts of the city of Kingston, sections of Eastern St. Andrew and western St. Thomas.

The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) is monitoring the extent, reach and impact of the offensive odour, which blanketed sections of the Corporate Area on Thursday, November 6.

Minister of Water, Land, Environment, and Climate Change, Hon. Robert Pickersgill, made the disclosure at a public lecture and exhibition at the National Housing Trust (NHT) in New Kingston on Friday, November 7, where he confirmed that the odour had originated from the Yallahs Ponds in St. Thomas.

He explained that under conditions of high salinity in the ponds, bacteria proliferate and generate hydrogen sulphite gas, which is “taken by the wind into sections of Kingston and surrounding areas.”

He said the strong “sewage odour” was experienced by residents in parts of the city of Kingston, sections of Eastern St. Andrew and western St. Thomas.

The Minister noted that if the problem persists, action will be taken to open a channel to the sea to allow for the flushing of the ponds, which is expected to alleviate the odour nuisance.

“The odour has subsided. We don’t know how long this will last, but if it continues, or perhaps even if it doesn’t continue, we will be opening up those apertures,” he stated.