A fire burned at the Ross River dump in July this year, despite a ban on the open burning of garbage in the Yukon.
NDP MLA Kevin Barr asked the government during question period yesterday what it is doing to ensure no more burning takes place.
“The people of Ross River are concerned about this situation at the landfill,” he said. “We need to know what happens next.”
Community Services Minister Brad Cathers responded that the fire was arson, not a part of the town’s waste management strategy.
“What staff have assured me is that the lighting was not done—the ignition of the facility, pardon me—by staff,” he said. “They have assured me that they do not know who put a match to it, but that we are indeed complying with the permit requirements set out that, in fact, this government put in place to end the open burning of solid waste at all Yukon landfills.”