The Department of Environment is working in collaboration with all relevant government agencies to appropriately manage the recent molasses spill, which took place as a result of activities at the Antigua Distillery located at Rat Island.
Thus far, the government agencies involved in the management of this issue are Fisheries Division, National Solid Waste Management Authority, Department of Analytical Services, Central Board of Health, National Office of Disaster Services; noting that NODS is the primary agency responsible for disaster management.
Antigua Distillery Ltd issued a press release earlier this week taking responsibility for the spill, and they have been cooperating with the government agencies in the implementation of mitigation measures.
It is imperative for the public to note that the Government is investigating the matter, and will closely monitor the water quality and other conditions in the Dredge Bay area over the next several weeks and until the situation resolves. .
Damage to the Marine environment has already been observed and recorded. Sadly, it is anticipated that impact of the molasses foam spill will continue to be felt for some time.
The greatest concern is to ensure that the damage is not spread further than the present zone and the public should be assured that all government agencies involved are working to ensure that there are no additional impacts.