Jamaica

Friday, February 2, 2007

The Jamaican government has approved an Alcan plan for the rehabilitation of a red mud tailings pond at Mount Rosser in the St. Catherine’s area of Jamaica. The tailings pond was used from the early 1950s until 1991 to store waste from the Alcan alumina refinery at Ewarton.

Wednesday, September 7, 2005

A "remediated" mine tailings area at Myersville, Jamaica became a watery grave for five people on July 16, 2005, when rains from Hurricane Emily washed their car off a road and over a precipice.

The bauxite mine, dug thirty years ago, belongs to Alpart and had been " restored, rehabilitated and certified," according to Lance Neita, Alpart's public relations manager. Jamaican National Works Agency (NWA) spokesman Stephen Shaw said that erosion had taken place at the site and guard rails should have been installed.