Posted: Wednesday, October 12, 2022. 6:41 pm CST.
By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: The Department of the Environment (DOE)has served Westline Bus Company with a pollution abatement notice.
The DOE says that today, it conducted an inspection at a site located on George Price Boulevard in Benque Viejo del Carmen being managed by Westline Bus Co.
An oil spill, which was not reported by the bus company, was observed on the land and discharging into a nearby drain.
“It was determined that a container having a capacity of about 1,100 gallons and storing waste oil, which is classified as a hazardous substance under the Environmental Protection Act (EPA), had ruptured resulting in the oil spill. The site in question is located on a slope causing the spilled oil to run into a drain, which leads into the Mopan River,” the DOE said.
According to the DOE, the exact quantity of oil spilled cannot be determined at this time as the company has no record of the amount of oil that was stored.
“There is no indication at this time that the oil has entered the Mopan River; however, it is possible that contamination can occur once the floodwaters recede,” the DOE added.
The DOE says that its team has been able to contain the spill, along with employees of the bus company, and will continue to supervise the clean-up activities in the coming days.
The company received a pollution abatement notice to ensure the necessary measures are implemented to avoid further environmental impacts, and subsequently seek legal advice in the prosecution of the offence and/or levying of applicable penalties under the EPA, the Department noted.
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