“We all know that the Philipsburg Landfill is plagued by various issues, one of them is the constant leaching or draining of fluid from the landfill into the Great Salt Pond, which is a problem in and of itself. However this issue of dumping raw sewage is made much worse by the heavy rainfall experienced on Thursday and the subsequent opening of the floodgates to lower the levels in the pond. This means that that raw sewage has now directly entered into Great Bay, Great Bay Beach and surrounding areas during a time when two cruise ships are in port. This highlights the statements that we have made over and over again that these types of environmental issues effect our ecosystem, the health of the population and our fragile tourism-based economy,” concluded Bervoets.
The Nature Foundation has sent official letters of protest to the VROMI Ministry, the Ministry of Health VSA and the Prosecutor’s Office regarding the incident and plans to follow-up accordingly. The license plate and business to which the septic truck belongs are clearly visible in the video posted online.