EMA: Dye spilled accidentally into river

Date: 
Tuesday, December 6, 2016 - 19:00

The Environmental Management Authority (EMA) has identified the cause of the Carli Bay river turning green.

A statement from the EMA says it was caused by an accidental spill of dye.

"The Environmental Management Authority (EMA) has been notified by Piranha International Limited that at approximately 7pm on Monday 5th December, 2016, there was an accidental spill of approximately 15 gallons of non-toxic tracer dye at its facility located in Couva.

This resulted in the release of the substance into the municipal drainage system and into the Couva River, which passes through Carli Bay, which caused discoloration of the water to a fluorescent green colour.

The company has initiated cleanup activities in accordance with conditions outlined in its Certificate of Environmental Clearance (CEC) (CEC3086/2011).

Based on the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) that the company has provided to the EMA, the substance does not present any environmental risks.

Notwithstanding this, the EMA has mobilised a team to conduct investigations.

The EMA will continue to closely monitor the situation and provide any relevant updates as they become available.

The public is encouraged to contact the EMA at 680-9588 and 285-4362, or via email [email protected] to report environmental incidents of a similar nature."

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