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Grand Bahama Targets Law Breakers Who Dump Waste

FREEPORT - Having just celebrated its fifth anniversary, the Keep Grand Bahama Clean organisation got a major boost when Acting Assistant Commissioner of Police Emrick Seymour again pledged his officers' full support in the fight against environmental crimes.

"Please be assured that we on the Police Force view all offences in the same light," said Mr Seymour. "Whether it's murder, indiscriminate dumping, littering, etc, they are all breaches punishable by law."

The Assistant Commissioner was addressing KGBC members gathered at police headquarters for a special monthly meeting.

Along with continuous littering by drivers and pedestrians, environmental officials at The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA) have identified what is quickly becoming another vexing problem on the island, that of indiscriminate dumping.

"People are dumping anything from refrigerators to other appliances, furniture, roofing materials, sheetrock, you name it. These are some of the items that are being dumped everyday unfortunately, in some of the remotest areas on the island," said Nakira Wilchcombe, environmental manager of GBPA and KGBC chairperson.

She added that along with health hazards, the practice is demeaning to the country. "Even visitors travelling over our airspace can see the debris from the air, so it's definitely something that shouldn't be synonymous with Grand Bahama."

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