[www.inewsguyana.com] – The Alliance for Change (AFC) has called for appropriate sanctions against Shanghai Construction Group; the company building the Marriot Hotel in light of revelations that their employees dumped environmentally hazardous waste into the Atlantic Ocean, just off the Kingston construction site.
Atlantic Hotel Inc. (AHI), owner of the Georgetown Marriott Hotel admitted in a media release that labourers employed by the construction group had disposed “of the contents of three barrels of cement retardant material, which were in storage pending removal from the site as expired material.”
“The dumping of waste oil into the Atlantic Ocean is dangerous to the environment and would affect ecological systems along the coastline. Marine life and seagulls would be among the first to be affected,” the Party pointed out.
According to AFC, the actions of the construction company shows total disregard for Guyana’s natural environment and must stop immediately.
“Investigations must be carried out to determine how long this has been going on and the company must be held liable. Appropriate measures and penalties must be applied so that this does not continue and to deter others,” the AFC release added.
AFC urged too that, in addition, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment must take steps to ensure a thorough clean-up of the area and all costs for such an exercise must be borne by the construction company.
AHI says it has instituted measures through its site administration to prevent the repetition of this and is fully cooperating with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), whose team visited the site immediately following the publication of the report in the media.