After responding to reports that crude oil had washed up on the Kingston seashore, the Civil Defence Commission (CDC) conducted initial assessments and confirmed that this was not the case. In fact, the CDC said the substance was animal fat that was dumped in the vicinity.

The assessment team further stated that it witnessed no crude oil in the area, nor any slick or sheen. The Commission said its experts indicate that the animal fat is expected to be quickly dispersed by tidal action and waves, and be degraded by bacteria and other living organisms.

In the meantime, the CDC said persons are encouraged to remain vigilant and report any observations or impacts to the local authorities or the National Emergency Monitoring System (NEMS) on 600-7500, operated 24/7 by the Commission.


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