Barbados Chemical Dumping – What Would Jesus Do?

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THIS WEEK'S BARBADOS ILLEGAL CHEMICAL DUMP

… is brought to you be the fine folks at…

Enhanced Chemicals Corp.
P.T. Charles & Co. Ltd.
Fiberpol Manufacturing Inc.

As foreign visitors drive up to the industrial facility located in the middle of what was once a thriving Barbados sugar plantation, they are always surprised and remark upon the sign in front of Enhanced Chemicals Corporation's building…

"Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it: Psalms 127 – Enhanced Chemicals Corp. (246) 420-6089"

Such an outward sign of faith is rarely associated with a typical business in North America or Europe, but is common enough in Barbados where the majority of the population are Christians of one sort or another. Sure, times are changing everywhere, but as a guess, one is probably safe saying that more Bajans pray than not.

But if most Bajans profess to fear the Lord, one has to wonder why the island is littered with discarded chemical and oil drums. When the Lord placed his creation in our care, is this what He wanted?

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Illegal Chemical Dumps Are Everywhere

Abandoned chemical drums are everywhere in Barbados – in the fields, on the beaches, by the roadside and on hilltops in the middle of nowhere. As I write this, there is even an old rusted 55 gallon oil drum sitting on the green at Grantley Adams International Airport – and it has been there for months according to Shona's brother who makes deliveries in the area. (He jokes "Dey put de chemical drum at de airport so de tourists can see Barbados culture from the start.")

Many of these discarded drums are not empty – some contain considerable amounts of corrosive and poisonous chemicals. Some are even full of foulness – abandoned in the ditch so they become someone else's problem and cost.

But the Government of Barbados does not pick them up – so they sit for years and even decades in the rain and sun and salt spray until they burst or rust out. After a season or two, they can become invisible – covered by vegetation – waiting for some luckless child to become too curious as happened a few years back near Drax Hall Woods.

Zero Environmental Enforcement in Barbados

These chemical drums are dumped everywhere, but the Barbados Government does nothing about illegal chemical dumping. No education. Zero enforcement. No mandatory hazardous waste training programs. No inspections. None.

Not one environmental dumping charge has been laid in twelve years of Owen Arthur's stewardship… and the opposition DLP shouldn't be so smug because there were probably no charges laid when they were the government either.

No Government Program To Recover Abandoned Chemical Drums

The Barbados Ministry of the Environment does not have a program to recover these abandoned chemical drums.

What would Jesus do? Probably more than the Environment Ministry personnel who just drive right by chemical drums abandoned on the side of the road. Can the Barbados Government be embarrassed into action? Some have doubts, but we will keep trying.

We at Barbados Free Press are going to publish regular reminders to all – and especially to Environment Minister Liz Thompson – featuring some typical illegal chemical dumps on beautiful Barbados. Maybe then Minister Thompson will have her do-nothing environmental personnel go to the scene and clean up the mess one way or another.

Oh… and Minister Thompson? We'll be watching… so if your personnel just move the mess around, we will be in touch. Hopefully, you'll someday learn to hold your management team accountable. Hopefully. Someday.

THIS WEEK'S BARBADOS ILLEGAL CHEMICAL DUMP

… is brought to you be the fine folks at…

Enhanced Chemicals Corp.
(246) 420-6089

P.T. Charles & Co. Ltd.
Newton Plantation
Christ Church, Barbados
428-8645

Fiberpol Manufacturing Inc.
Newton Plantation
Christ Church, Barbados
428-2920

These three companies share the same location on the old Newton Plantation…

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Chemical drums and cans burning at P.T. Charles & Co. Ltd.

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Long-abandoned chemical drums – Fiberpol
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Gallons of old Acetone still remain in the black abandoned drum.

Photos courtesy of Shona's "little" brother 

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