SINISTER AGENDAS: Dr. Darroux speaks against unrest in Layou asphalt plant matter

Dr. Darroux as he made his entrance into Parliament last Thursday. * Hermisha Rolle photo

A number of groups have been accused by Environment Minister Dr. Kenneth Darroux as pushing their own “sinister agenda” in the matter where Government granted French national Jacques Garddakhan of West Indies Aggregates a temporary conditional approval to construct an asphalt mixing plant in the Layou River area.

“A number of groups have jumped on the band wagon … have all joined and are offering pro bono services  towards promoting unrest and irrational behaviour among  the peaceful citizens of the Layou community,” Darroux recognized.

In October 2009, the residents of the Layou Improvement Committee organized a protest against the asphalt plant being erected at the proposed site, causing Government ministers to intervene and come to an agreement with Layou residents, where a stop order was promised to be enforced on Gaddakhan’s activities to construct an asphalt plant.

In his attempt to clear the air at the House of Assembly last week, Darroux said that though construction of an asphalt mixing plant has been approved, the Government has disapproved of the concrete mixing plant which was also proposed by Garddakhan for the area.

Darroux said that a favourable Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) proved that the asphalt plant would be suitable for the area, but not a concrete mixing facility.

“Local asphalt production nowhere meets the present needs of the contractor. This taken into consideration plus the favourable EIA Report guided the  Development and Physical Planning Cooperation  into issuing temporary conditional approval for the  installation and approval of the asphalt mixing plant only,” the minister said.

“Approval was not, and I repeat, not granted re the concrete mixing plant due to its possible negative effect in terms of duct, wind disposal and noise level. Thereby increasing the risk of pollution to the Layou River and the negative impact on the villagers of Layou,” Darroux said.

However, he claimed that the legitimate concerns of the Layou residents have been adopted and modified by a number of groups and individuals, under the impression of  being genuinely concerned. He said that these individuals have been also been pushing their own sinister agenda.

“But I have the utmost confidence in the citizens of that community that  good sense will prevail and they will continue  to cooperate and work with the Government, the Environment Minister added.

According to him, the Development and Physical Planning Cooperation wrote to West Indies Aggregates informing it of the temporary conditional approval of the  asphalt mixing plant and also the disapproval of the concrete mixing plant.on October 10, 2009. This approval was only granted for two years.

He said that it was stipulated in the letter that the company should begin phasing-out operations after 18 months and should completely shut down and relocate after two years. The letter was carbon copied to all the related stakeholders including the chairman of the Layou Improvement Committee, and a number of stakeholders meetings were held to discuss the issues, Darroux informed the House.

“I would like to make it abundantly clear …that a current unrest and displeasure among the residents of the Layou River community is certainly not based on a lack of information nor is it based on a lack of dialogue or based on emotions mainly political ones, or what I like to refer to as ‘politimotions’, Darroux stated.

He said that the concerns of the Layou people have not been ignored.

“We have recognized that the concerns of the Layou people are genuine ones and legitimate ones, and at no point has the Government indicated otherwise. We have listened carefully at their concerns and we have addressed them which is exactly why approval was not granted for the concrete mixing plant,” Darroux stated.

A monitoring committee has already began making monthly inspections of the plant. This, the minister said , was done with the aim of ensuring health and safety for the community, Darroux said.

“We will not hesitate to shut down operations at the slightest signs of non compliance or non adherence at the part of the holder,” he assured.

He appealed to the Layou community to take part in process.

By DNO Correspondent

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  1. paka parle
    May 8, 2010

    its hard to believe that a thrust into the eco-tourism industry is being hampered by the government backslidding into asphalt plants and oil refineries. undoubtedly the plant may be needed but construction should be considered for an area in which there would be minimal environmental, health and social impact. the government is shooting itself in the foot as far as i am concerned. we should try to market dominica as an ecotourism destination and gradually shift agricultural focus to organic farming both of which encompass strict environmental control and laws to safeguard the natural environment which has made dominica famous globally. i think the sinister agenda is on those who should know better but instead would rather mislead people(with slogans like they don’t want development and they doh like labour party and skerrit) development will have an effect on the environment which is why we should seek to control the effect. remember our future generations need what we take for granted today
    big up to all true environmentalists and Dominicans who love their country more than a few euros!!
    we want development but we not kissing no @#$ for it!!!

  2. LIGHT
    May 7, 2010

    Thought that this doctor was more level headed.Unfortunately he isn’t.Bring innovative thinking to you job sir,if you are able to.Stop attacking the innocent people of Layou,who are at the receiving end of betrayal by your administration.

  3. MISS P.S
    May 7, 2010


    May 6, 2010

    Mr Minister the people of Layou are a peaceful people.Stop the day dreaming and start the learning process. Be a quick learner and rise above the attack that you are launching at the people.

  5. anestin b
    May 6, 2010

    when you do things with the good of your heart no matter what people say about you,,,you rise above them,,, keep on rising,,,

    a great man, martin luther king jr, once said

    Like an unchecked cancer, hate corrodes the personality and eats away its vital unity. Hate destroys a man’s sense of values and his objectivity. It causes him to describe the beautiful as ugly and the ugly as beautiful, and to confuse the true with the false and the false with the true.

    It may be true that the law cannot make a man love me, but it can stop him from lynching me, and I think that’s pretty important.

    The good neighbour looks beyond the external accidents and discerns those inner qualities that make all men human and, therefore, brothers.

    Nothing in the entire world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.

    The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.

    • rohan
      May 7, 2010

      ‘When you do things with the good of your heart?”….Please!……Listen, there is a way which seems right unto a man but its end thereof is death……..And for you to be invoking the quotes of Dr.MLK here, is shameless and hypocritical on your part. There is no basis for that. You are comparing a very dark chapter in American history; the autrocities in the Civil Rights era,( thats what Dr. King was referring to there), to what went went on in Layou is despicable,tasteless, repulsive,and preposterous. As a matter of fact I am quite sure that Dr King (may GOD bless and rest his soul) would have led the Layou people in the march and protest. You have no clue!. Learn to Think and put issues in contex and perspective…….You are way out in left yourself…..So you best crawl back to underneath where you came from……or wake up!,stand up,and smell what’s brewing.
      All the best to you!….
      ……………………………………..Oh and by the way, I see what you mean when you say…..”nothing in this world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity”….because i am looking at a picture of you…

      • anestin b
        May 7, 2010

        i rise above criticisms…as a matter of fact i seek them…

        only a fool like you can have so much hatred…

        at the end of the day your voice is not even going to make a difference…

        keep trying but you’re a long way Ro’……

        • rohan
          May 8, 2010

          Hatred?….where do you see hatred?…Please tell me where in my comments you see expression of hate?……You know what you problem is,…your ego is much bigger than your brains…It is not about you!……Criticism was directed at a certain Minister,for what he said in regards to a situation. If you were using your brains(i am begining to doubt whether or not you have any,cause of the base and vain language that you used), would have understood what the comments were all about…What the Minister said made no sense at all,and was not forthright….. But you run in another direction,talking about how people don’t like to see progress and development and all sorts of rubbish…playing party politics…Let me tell you something see,Every true Dominican wants whats best for their country,and i am sure they want growth,development and opportunities for their fellowmen,women,young people and their country…Dominica belongs to all Dominicans irregardless of what party they follow.Be it DLP, UWP, Freedom,or which ever. Put your Country first!. It don’t matter what Party that’s in power…Let us stop with the Party politics and Political tribalism….We are too divided. A people can never unite with different divided voices. We need to come together as one…..Every one has a voice,and should be heard…A sense of brotherhood and sisterhood,brotherly love and sisterly love. We must rally around each other young and old.
          We need a CHANGE of Culture and a Change in our mentality…..Then and only then we will be on the road to Progress and development as a People.
          So i am extending an olive branch to you,and begging you to put all this pettyness and ignorace of party first aside,and let us move foward as one……One Aim,One Mind,One Voice and One Destiny!
          ….Thank you,and all the best to you…………Friends?…Yes?…Ok cool….
          Peace Profound!!!!!!!!

          • MISS P.S
            May 10, 2010

            and i say again….development….the way forward


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  6. anestin b
    May 6, 2010

    yes i!!!

    1. why do dominicans keep trying to keep back development???
    2. why cant we dominicans see the good in things??? when it good say it good!!!

    get off the doc’s back…he’s got options unlike you ignorant fools who have nothing better to do than trying to find faults….


    • Manchat!
      May 7, 2010

      Yes, for instance,..”constructive criticism”…….If for some reason,your head was not so far in the sand, then you would understand what these people’s gripes are all about…
      People have a right to express their opinions,whether you like it or not. And mostly all of them seems to be intelligent people with valid concerns for Health and Environment. Some even infused humor which i found to be very funny. Unlike you,who seems to have lost your rationale, if you know what i mean.

      • yes i
        May 7, 2010

        its amazing…really amazing!!!

        you all go to foreign countries and enjoy their grand lifestyles so why oh why do you guys have a problem with things happening in your country???

        dominica is not a virgin!!!

        dominica is just another country with the very same bullshit happening as the other countries.

        all the gay shit for you all to talk about you all not talking about it


  7. rohan
    May 6, 2010

    Wait a minute!,..hold up,hold up,…..Dominica has an Environmental Minister now?,,,Backside!..what ah bam bam. ..So you mean them have instruments fi measure Air quality,Water pollution,environmental waste,occupational health hazard etc? …So wait, them have them own “OHSHA”? Ratid!,wat ah sintee….AND HE IS A medical DOCTOR?..You didn’t say?…..Nuh, mean he is the Minister of Health?…Right?….whapat yopu mepin nopoe.?.Lard Gard!……
    Mr. Flip- Flap,what critiria did your EIA use to give the asphalt pant a favorable approval?,and let me get this straight…Your Govt. disapproved of the Concrete mixing Plant, but they approve of the Asphalt Plant….because as you stated:” in terms of wind disposal,duct,noise etc…it is less there will be less pollution from the Asphal plant?….You Sir, should be horse whipped!.,because it is you who has the sinister agenda….You can fool some of the people some time,but you cannot fool all the people all the time….BY the way,why can’t you let them build the Asphalt plant close to your home or in your residential area?….I see what you mean….You sounded like a damn fool..nothing you said made any sense…….You are suppose to be a medical doctor what the heck you have dealing with environmental issues you know nothing about?…….Can they not build their Asphalt Plant in an area that is none residential and away from water?
    ….Oh and before i go,i have a song for you:…..’Old Mcdonald had a farm….E. I. E. I. A.(EIA)…(lol).
    Peace Profound!!!!!!!

  8. PAPA
    May 5, 2010

    Dr Darroux you are free to talk even about things that you know little about.You have been very or should i say extremely disappointing so far.Not confident about what you are saying and this is typical of your team.You do not live in the area sir! So will you be affected? I applaud the people of Layou for their restrain thus far.So to anyone who is believing that there are groups of people trying to fuel the situation let them talk.What they and the minister are not saying is the extent to which the Layou people were crooked by his government.

  9. St Joe
    May 5, 2010

    Cement plant !!!!! Oh i see well PENRICE will hear about it

  10. Let Freedom Reign
    May 5, 2010

    Doctors that going in parliament and talk Sh*t…..
    Dem Ah Hypocrites……

  11. Anonymous
    May 5, 2010


  12. May 4, 2010

    They should be investigated to find out if they too are French Nationals.

    Mr. Darroux and Company are all behaving that way.

  13. support what is right
    May 4, 2010

    “A number of groups have jumped on the band wagon … have all joined and are offering pro bono services towards promoting unrest and irrational behaviour among the peaceful citizens of the Layou community,” Darroux recognized.

    In fact, due to fear of victimization, many more civic-minded groups, have not openly given support to the Layou villagers fighting for their rights for a community free of unhealthy pollution. Whose behaviour smells of irrationality and disrespect? The betrayal of the people is what would cause unrest. After the people were promised a stay-order on Gardhakan’s asphalt plant after the protest, the authorities went along and issued Gardhakan with a license soon after, even though he started illegally without first obtaining a license before doing any work on that project in Layou.

    Is Minister Darroux trying to instill fear in those groups who are speaking against that irrational and short-sighted action against the Layou villagers? Minister Darroux recognises that Layou people are peaceful, yet he insults their intelligence and provokes their anger by reluctantly not addressing the negative effects the asphalt plant will have on the health of the residents and the pollution of the area. When people do not come first in the development of their country, problems arise. It cannot be support for the villagers against an influential , big-money french business man that will bring unrest unless you are thinking otherwise.

  14. environmentalist
    May 4, 2010

    Fidel Castro and his Cuban compatriots succeeded in its revolution almost 50 years ago. The struggle was against foreign control of their resources, exploitation of their natural resources to profit the oligarchies or the Bourgeois class, big land owners and big business which were draining Cuba of its wealth.

    Cuba has sacrificed tremendously Yet it has been helping many countries all over the world, offering scholarships for thousands of students to pursue a higher education. In turn Cuba would expect those scholarship recipients who received free education to work on behalt of the people. Darroux now turns around and supports the Bourgeois class of big money and big business people

    Minister Darroux, a medical doctor, who is supposed to protect Dominica’s environment and the health of its people now disrespects an entire community of persons, marginalised poor people by blindly giving support to Gardhakhan to build an asphalt plant in Layou. What is worse and disgraceful is that the Chief Planning Officer agreed and the Govt authorities know that the developer initially acted illegally in the first place by starting without Planning permission. Darroux must tell us who did and submitted the EIA.

    Dominicans, Public Works proposal for building the same asphalt plant in Layou was rejected. by the very same Planning Division and Planning Officers. How comes the Public Works asphalt plant suddenly broke down, workers were being dismissed and the plant was out of commission and could not produce colas for Gardhakhan for his road projects. Maybe coincidence. How comes Gardhakan got permission from Planning to do the same operation that they rejected Public Works to carry on? Today is yours like older people say. Tomorrow will be for the Layou people and other environmentally conscious patriots. Dominicans are not foolish Mr Minister

    Minister Darroux has betrayed the trust of the Layou people. Govt has placed a stumbling block in the community’s vision for eco-tourism development in the area. An asphalt plant in operation in Layou cannot be compatible with Titiwe Fest, river-tubing, hikes to Miracle River . Darroux heard the concerns of the Layou residents. He never listened to their voices crying for the protection of their pristine environment. Darroux has turned his back on the people of Layou and Dominica by extension. The people comes first not the money man or big business, influential men Dr. Darroux.

    The sooner Dr. Darroux gets down from his high horse and understands the plight of ordinary persons in the communities, the better Dominica will be The people of Layou were hoping that the Minister of the Environment would have done the right thing and protect them and the country from such environment unfriendly actions. The Minister has failed them and suppressed their dreams for developing an eco-village. There must be no excuses for those failures.

    • Manchat!
      May 5, 2010

      Man….I love this!…Reading this, gives me goose bumps. Intelligence is about understanding.
      Great stuff Environmentalist!…..Corruption is a hell of a thing…You know what i say about all this?…”The only time that a Politician speaks the truth is when he do not open his mouth”. I will leave you with this one…………
      ….A son came to he father and said to him,”Dad, i am thinking a career in Organized Crime”..the Father turned to him and asked..” In Government or in Private sector?”..HA.HA,HA,HA!…….
      Peace Profound!!!!!!!!!!

      • Manchat!
        May 7, 2010

        correction:,,,,,”thinking about a career”……….

    • rushand
      May 6, 2010

      but didnt it pass the EIA study?

  15. Jan Bors
    May 4, 2010

    EiA’s submitted fror project approval in Dominica are fundamentally flawed in that the applicant both commissions and pays the relevant consultant. Is the consultnat really going to advise against his/her paymaster in the final analyis? Quarries, sand extraction- & processing operations are carried out under conditions, which would not be permitted in Guadeloupe, Martinique or the rest of the EU for that matter. I’m sure Dr. Darroux is aware of the non-curable character of silicosis for example.And what prevents the proponents or owners of such of such operations residing near their money spinners if they are so harmless or attractive?

  16. Anonymous
    May 4, 2010

    Eh beh look experts we have in Dominica eh. With all these “bright” people on this forum, why Dominica not more advanced nuh?

    Two things: 1) let’s close all forms of factories or other types of manufacturing plants because one way or the other they going to cause some concerns and head back to the stone age, or

    2: Let’s give these type of contracts to American firms headed by one of Ron Green’s fellow Americans.

    And then we will all live happily ever after.

    • corrections on carcinogens
      May 5, 2010

      Anonymous you either do not understand development or are part of the genocide and overthrow of dominica agenda.and non tendered Multimillion dollar contracts, government quarries given away … release of french pirates, giving away territorial seas, sea walls, jetty’s’, investment by invitation, agents of France and china, Lebanon, and others Imported to change voting demographics and undermine and destroy the economy rights, local telecomunications company destroyed to allow eu companies to take over and drain our economy.
      Now blatant breaches of fundamental human right to live
      Are you one to be shortlisted for genocide and treason?

    • What!
      May 5, 2010

      What nonsense are you talking about, does development has to be through industrialistion? We, the Caribbean, have been tryin this for years and have gotten nowhere. You truely do not understand what development is.

      I’m sure you wouldn’t be speaking that crap if you lived at Layou.

  17. professions for sale
    May 4, 2010

    since the days of Hipocrites quarries have been identified as toxic to those exposed.

    every Layman knows that colas/asphalt fumes are very toxic/dangerous

    who you trying to foool?

  18. professions for sale
    May 4, 2010

    Selling your profession?

    unbelievable that this is what disrespect you have brought on the medical profession!!!

    Just when we thought that getting the Minister of Legal affairs to jump on stage “IAN DOG LAS”



  19. French against humanity
    May 4, 2010

    Crimes against humanity,
    Isolated inhumane acts of this nature may constitute grave infringements of human rights…

    as defined by the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court Explanatory Memorandum, “are particularly odious offences in that they constitute a serious attack on human dignity or grave humiliation or a degradation of one or more human beings. They are not isolated or sporadic events, but are part either of a government policy (although the perpetrators need not identify themselves with this policy) or of a wide practice of atrocities tolerated or condoned by a government or a de facto authority. Murder; extermination; torture; rape and political, racial, or religious persecution and other inhumane acts reach the threshold of crimes against humanity only if they are part of a widespread or systematic practice. Isolated inhumane acts of this nature may constitute grave infringements of human rights, or depending on the circumstances, war crimes, but may fall short of falling into the category of crimes under discussion.”[1]

  20. French Agenda
    May 4, 2010

    are the following coincidental?
    1.SMP students and scouts of roseau central subject to inhalation of degrading ASBESTOS and no action taken to remove it.

    2. Loubiere and pt mitchelle residents exposed to 24 hour hazard toxic quarry dust by French company which was given government quarry…EU, USA, Canada, WHO and ILO regulations restrict public exposure/ residential and food sources.

    3.colihaut residents exposed to 24 hour hazard toxic quarry dust by French company which was given government quarry…EU, USA, Canada, WHO and ILO regulations restrict public exposure/ residential and food sources

    4. Layou residents exposed to 24 hour hazard toxic quarry dust by French company which was given government quarry…EU, USA, Canada, WHO and ILO regulations restrict public exposure/ residential and food sources

    5. Layou residents to be exposed to 24 hour hazard toxic asphalt/colas fumes by French company …EU, USA, Canada, WHO and ILO regulations restrict public exposure/ residential and food sources.

    PM to be tried in high court because of allegiance to what foriegn power????

    What country fought wars to get rid of DOMINICANS?

    Why did MASACRE get its name?

    Where is BABY DOC?

  21. not my back yard
    May 4, 2010

    If I would not want it why should others

  22. international data
    May 4, 2010



    Asphalt fumes are irritants to the mucous membranes of the eyes and respiratory tract; hot asphalt can also cause burns of the skin [NIOSH 1977]. It has been reported that irritant effects on the respiratory tract can possibly progress to such nonmalignant lung diseases as bronchitis, emphysema, and asthma [Hansen, 1991; Maizlish et al. 1988]. Workers engaged in road repair and construction reported symptoms of abnormal fatigue, reduced appetite, eye irritation, and laryngeal/pharyngeal irritation [Norseth et al. 1991].


    Considerable data from epidemiological studies on workers exposed to asphalt fumes during paving and roofing operations, and during the production of asphalt, have become available since the publication of the NIOSH criteria document on asphalt [NIOSH 1977].

    The mortality experience of Danish mastic asphalt workers [Hansen 1989a; Hansen 1991] and Swedish asphalt road pavers [Engholm 1991] was investigated (see Table 13). Hansen [1989a] reported that the mastic asphalt workers, when compared with the total male Danish population , experienced significantly increased mortality from cancers of the digestive and respiratory systems, with standardized incidence rates (SIR) of 227 (95% confidence interval of 142-344) and 195 ( 95% confidence interval of 236-493), respectively.

    The SIR for all malignant neoplasms was 195 (95% confidence interval of 153-244). Overall, Hansen [1989a] reported that she observed a three-fold increase in the expected number of lung cancers in the mastic asphalt workers compared with the general Danish population.

    Bender et al. [1989] reported that workers with 30 to 39 years of work experience had a statistically significant (P<0.01) SMR of 425 (95% CI, 170-870) for leukemia deaths.

  23. May 4, 2010

    Asphalt fumes. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards Publication No. 2005-149, (2005, September). Contains information on synonyms and trade names, exposure limits, immediately dangerous to life or health concentrations (IDLH’s), physical description, incompatibilities and reactivities, measurement method, personal protection and sanitation, first aid, respirator recommendations, exposure routes, symptoms, and target organs.

    Criteria for a Recommended Standard: Occupational Exposure to Asphalt Fumes. US Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Publication No. 78-106, (1977, September). Provides links to documents containing information on occupational exposure to asphalt fumes.

    Reducing Roofers’ Exposure to Asphalt Fumes. US Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Publication No. 2003-107, (2003, September). Provides a guide for roofers and contractors who work with hot asphalt on roofs, including steps for reducing exposure to asphalt fumes.
    ToxFAQs for Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs). Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), (1996, September). Provides answers to the most frequently asked health questions about polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), a component of concern in asphalt.
    Coal Tar Pitch Volatiles. OSHA Safety and Health Topics Page.

    Health Effects
    Health Effects of Occupational Exposure to Asphalt. US Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Publication No. 2001-110, (2000, December). Reviews current scientific data on health effects related to occupational exposures to asphalt, describes further research needs in this area, and suggests measures to minimize worker exposures while studies continue.

    Literature Review of Health Effects Caused by Occupational Exposure to Asphalt Fumes. National Toxicology Program (NTP), National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), (1997, June 23). Provides an extensive review on paving asphalt and roofing asphalt exposure limits.
    Jane Y. C. Ma, et al. “Inhalation Exposure of Rats to Asphalt Fumes Generated at Paving Temperatures Alters Pulmonary Xenobiotic Metabolism Pathways without Lung Injury.” Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP) 111.9(2003, July).

    Crumb-Rubber Modified Asphalt Paving: Occupational Exposure and Acute Health Effects. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Health Hazard Evaluation (HHE) Report No. HETA-2001-0536-2864, (2001), 615 KB PDF, 51 pages. The study protocol included the following objectives: develop and field test new methods to assess asphalt fume exposures, characterize and compare occupational exposures to crumb-rubber modified (CRM) asphalt and conventional (CONV) asphalt and evaluate potential health effects associated with CRM asphalt and CONV asphalt. Seven site evaluations were completed between 1994 and 1997. These have been reported separately in individual HHE Reports. The numerous paving jobs were evaluated for exposure concentrations and worker health symptoms, comparing CRM asphalt paving with CONV paving.

    Chemical Concerns
    Cleaning of Asphalt Truck Hopper with Diesel Fuel. OSHA Hazard Information Bulletin (HIB), (1995, December 6). Compliance and consultation personnel should be aware of the recommended procedure checklist to control the hazards of improper cleaning of asphalt trucks which can result in an explosion.
    Solvents. OSHA Safety and Health Topics Page.

    Safety and
    Health Topics

    Asphalt Fumes
    OSHA Standards
    Hazard Recognition
    Possible Solutions

    Content Reviewed 03/15/2007

    May 4, 2010

    Asphalt Fumes
    Hazard Recognition

    Exposure to asphalt fumes can cause serious injury and permanent damage. Workers that may be exposed to asphalt fumes need to be aware of the potential hazards in their work environment. The following references aid in recognizing asphalt fume hazards in the workplace.

    Contact the OSHA Directorate of Technical Support and Emergency Management at 202-693-2300 for assistance accessing PDF materials.

  25. May 4, 2010

    Health effects from exposure to asphalt fumes include headache, skin rash, sensitization, fatigue, reduced appetite, throat and eye irritation, cough, and skin cancer.

    • Let Freedom Reign
      May 5, 2010

      Skin Cancer? Wow….. Guess that’s nothing huh Dr. Darroux? Why are these … men representing us? Are there any real people out there who can truly represent the people of Dominica cause they want to and not because their mortgage got paid or they got a new vehicle or they got a large lump sum and promises of riches?

      Dominica needs help or we will all follow the french man to hell in a hand basket.

    May 4, 2010


    Shocking :-()

    Dominican Asphalt workers laid off. at a time when “Local asphalt production nowhere meets the present needs of the contractor.”

    Government granted French national Jacques Garddakhan of West Indies Aggregates a temporary conditional approval to construct an asphalt mixing plant in the Layou River area.

    Did they not also give him another non tendered $57 million project?

    Time to invoke the Treason act.

    and the anti genocide laws:
    Genocide is the deliberate and systematic destruction, in whole or in part, of an ethnic, racial, religious, or national group.[1]

  27. Genocide in Dominica
    May 4, 2010

    How low will they stoop?

    Are the to be poisoned titiwi and other parts of the food chain politically motivated?

    Is a Parent not wanting their child to grow up inhaling toxic, carcinogenic, asphalt fumes being political?

    Shame Shame Shame on you Darroux

  28. french exploiting Dominica
    May 4, 2010

    This is the key point:

    “Local asphalt production nowhere meets the present needs of the contractor. This taken into consideration plus the favourable EIA Report guided the Development and Physical Planning Cooperation into issuing temporary conditional approval for the installation and approval of the asphalt mixing plant only,” the minister said.

    when was this EIA put up for mandatory public and professional scutiny?

  29. Hippocratic oath
    May 4, 2010

    Hippocratic oath or hypocrit?

    what part of his medical teached informs him that colas fumes are healthy?

    Perhaps he never attended his lectures on carcinogenic substances…

  30. duly elected ?
    May 4, 2010

    Very sad day for the medical profession when A medical doctor can be used to discredit his Hippocratic oath to “Do No Harm” …..

    Very sad day for the medical profession when A medical doctor can be used to discredit his Hippocratic oath to “Do No Harm”

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