Watch: Fire at Magħtab: “Result of bad governance” – Delia

Leader of the Opposition Partit Nazzjonalist, Adrian Delia said that the fires are a direct result of those he described as “bad governance” in all that has to do with recycling in Malta. He addressed a news conference at Triq il-Kosta, in front of Magħtab, where part of the landfill caught fire earlier this morning.

The Leader of the Opposition claimed that many questions will need to be answered and that “if there are responsibilities to be carried out, they must be carried out.”

When asked by if the Opposition will request the resignation of Minister for the Environment, Jose Herrera and the Chief Executive of WasteServe, Delia answered that he does not wish to take radical decisions and the facts must first be stabilised but action must then be taken if deemed necessary. Delia claimed that the cause of the incident has not yet been made known.

Delia quoted Prime Minister Joseph Muscat when saying that there will be an increase of 70,000 people in Malta and that construction waste is also to increase. He claimed that specialised people must work on a comprehensive plan and that the technology for it already exists. Delia also said that the Government should reassure people of the possible toxic air and publish a risk assessment with the precautions that workers and residents should take.

“Incompetence comes at a price” – Azzopardi

A spokesperson of the Opposition for the Environment, Jason Azzopardi claimed that this was the second environmental disaster in less than 2 years. He mentioned that last year Minister Herrera had said that the waste will be transferred to a less flammable location in Magħtab. Azzopardi remarked that the opposite had happened. He said that the fires were fruit of incompetence and that this comes at a price. Azzopardi claimed that people “have a right to know the truth” as the Minister for the Environment said this morning that the inquiry regarding the fire at the Marsascala recycling plant had been concluded.