RIVM to assist VROMI with air quality measurement surrounding the landfill

Thick clouds of smoke billowed through Philipsburg and the Southwestern districts on Friday, Aug. 31, after a fire was ignited at the Pond Island dumpsite for debris resulting from Hurricane Irma. Here, an excavator driver  tries to smother the fire and lessen the flames. Smoke filled the sky all day Friday.  (D.A. Robin/Photojournalist)

Philipsburg — From 21 January 2019, a team from the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) will travel to Sint Maarten for a period of 2 weeks, to assist the government (VROMI) to assess the potential health risks for the community in relation to landfill fires. Frequent landfill fires in the recent past have been More...

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By The Publisher On Thursday, January 10th, 2019
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Garbage fraud

By Hilbert Haar It is no news that French-side garbage ends up on the dump on Soualiga Boulevard. What is however news is that the department of infrastructure apparently has no idea how to prevent this from happening. On More...

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By The Publisher On Thursday, January 10th, 2019
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Focus shifts from energy to waste

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By The Publisher On Friday, December 21st, 2018
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Prime Minister Romeo-Marlin signs Grant Agreement for Debris and Landfill project

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By The Publisher On Monday, December 10th, 2018
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Removal of Air Lekkerbek

PHILIPSBURG – The owner of the former restaurant known as Air Lekkerbek, located at Walter J.A. Nisbet Road (Certificate of Admeasurement # 186/2014) is informed that the condition of the building structures More...

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By The Publisher On Tuesday, December 4th, 2018
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No easy solution for traffic jams

PHILIPSBURG – A rough estimate, based on plate numbers, suggests that there are between 60,000 and 70,000 cars on the road in St. Maarten – that’s counting both the Dutch and the French side. More...

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By The Publisher On Wednesday, November 14th, 2018
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VROMI Minister Miklos Giterson attended Latin America GeoSpatial Forum in Mexico City

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By The Publisher On Sunday, November 11th, 2018
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VROMI: Traffic interruption due to Road Works

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By The Publisher On Monday, October 29th, 2018
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A lot of hot air

By Hilbert Haar After Envirogreen it is now Enviropower to get a shot at building a waste-to-energy facility on Pond Island. The company recently made a presentation in the parliamentary committee for environment More...

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By The Publisher On Sunday, August 26th, 2018
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Enemy of the people

By Hilbert Haar A giant murderer, a toxic monster and we need immediate action. Minister Miklos Giterson used all these words in January and February of this year when he spoke about the dump. It is now August and More...