Saturday 20 July, 2019

Sean Paul to fund removal of toxic welding plant near stadium pool

Screenshot of video showing Sean Paul voicing his concerns about the air pollution caused by the welding plant near the National Stadium pool.

Screenshot of video showing Sean Paul voicing his concerns about the air pollution caused by the welding plant near the National Stadium pool.

Dancehall artiste Sean Paul has committed to funding the removal of a welding plant which he says is polluting the atmosphere close to the National Stadium swimming pool.

Sean Paul, who is an ambassador for climate change and is an avid swimmer having represented Jamaica in water polo, had taken to social media to voice his concerns about the air pollution caused by the welding plant. His comments were published by the media and the issue brought to public light.

But in an impassioned letter to the media, the artiste has gone a step further and pledged to assist in funding the removal of the site.

“I am petitioning for permanent removal of the welding site from the pool area to a more conducive place on the stadium grounds with a very little hindrance to the workflow that I understand is necessary for the welding plant,” he wrote.

"In light of the inherent costs associated with this effort, I am open to providing financial assistance to the relevant authority to relocate this very offensive welding plant,” he added.

The artiste also penned concern for the persons who use the facility or do business there.

“I am passionate about Jamaica’s athletes and the energies they put into representing our country. I am also conscious of potential health and safety risks for everyone who chooses to use the facility. Not only swimmers but netball and basketball athletes, parents, coaches, lifeguards, vendors and all staff of the stadium are negatively affected as they are all in close proximity to the plant,” he said.

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