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Jul 15, 2016

DOE Team Meets with BSI Personnel to Discuss Molasses Disposal

On the Phone: Dr. Colin Young

Up north, a team of officers from the Forest Department, as well as the Department of the Environment, visited Tower Hill this afternoon to continue an assessment of the current molasses situation at ASR/Belize Sugar Industries.  The company has since received an enforcement order which means that they will be monitored for compliance on the disposal of affected molasses. Together with Environmental Health and Safety personnel at B.S.I., they are exploring the most feasible means of disposing of the waste material.  The carbon residue is the byproduct of a chemical process known as Maillard Reaction and it is the first time in the history of the company that such a phenomenon has occurred. The financial losses are yet to be determined since the syrup is used for local consumption as well as for export.  News Five spoke by phone with Dr. Colin Young, C.E.O. in the Ministry of the Environment.

 

On the phone: Dr. Colin Young, CEO, Ministry of the Environment

“I can confirm that BSI has in fact reached out to the Department of the Environment to seek technical advice in terms of how they should dispose of the molasses.  We had sent a team up to BSI and they had in fact observed that there my have been, as part of the process of disposal of the molasses, some breaches to their E.C.P. and so the department is still working, in fact I have another team going up there this afternoon that has members from the Forest Department and from the Department of the Environment, a senior team that will visit B.S.I. and determine exactly what the situation is as it relates to E.C.P. compliance, but most importantly to assist the company to find the best suitable and environmentally safe way to dispose of the molasses.”

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2 Responses for “DOE Team Meets with BSI Personnel to Discuss Molasses Disposal”

  1. Jake says:

    It is interesting that the price of cane in down, now the molasses is spoiled, AND ASR/BSI WHO are in charge of the storage are claiming the farmers must shoulder the loss for ASR/BSI’S mistake.
    Sounds like ASR/BSI are trying to bankrupt the farmers to me!!!!!!!!!

  2. Jahson says:

    How two faced-the other sugar group gets fines and this one gets guidance.

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