DeGazon & Francis proposes legislation for a Waste Reduction Plan
Updated: Jun 9
Sen. Allison L. DeGazon along with Senate President Novelle E. Francis Jr., have recently proposed legislation that will establish a Waste Management Council – an inter-departmental advisory and planning body that will be tasked with producing a long-term Waste Reduction Plan for the Territory in order to reduce environmental risk from waste management and improve environmental resiliency.
“Due to accountability issues it’s necessary to propose bills that push our oversight responsibilities,” DeGazon said. “This long-term waste reduction plan will address many of the unique issues facing the Territory’s approach to waste management, including the urgent safety and public health concerns regarding the Anguilla Landfill on St. Croix and its slated closure.”
Leadership in this proposed planning Council will include representatives from the Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency (VITEMA), the Virgin Islands Waste Management Authority (VIWMA), the Department of Public Works (DPW), the University of the Virgin Islands and the Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR).
DeGazon said the upcoming release of Tranche 2 funding, to the Waste Management Authority, to be administered by the VI Office of Disaster Recovery, presents a unique opportunity to effectively utilize up to 60 million dollars in federal funding on ways to mitigate our Territory’s waste management-related risks and hazards. The senator also noted that the waste reduction plan that will be produced by the proposed Waste Management Council will ensure that the funds are utilized in an efficient and impactful manner.
“I feel that this plan will be a crucial step in ensuring against the wasteful or inefficient use of this unique funding opportunity,” She said.
The senators and their researchers will be developing details regarding the proposed Waste Management Council in the coming days and weeks. Francis and DeGazon are inviting feedback and participation from the aforementioned government entities in ensuring that the legislation will provide a much-needed road map to the Territory’s waste management efforts as they relate to the CDBG-DR funds.