Senate committee OKs Rosado's appointment to Waste Management Board of Directors [The Virgin Islands Daily News, St. Thomas]
(Virgin Islands Daily News (St. Thomas) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Nov. 01--ST. CROIX -- The Senate's Rules and Judiciary Committee met on Thursday and forwarded the nomination of Norberto Rosado to the V.I. Waste Management Board of Directors with a very favorable recommendation.
All five members of the committee present for Thursday's vote showered Rosado with accolades on being an advocate for environmental protection and said they found it notable that he has stepped forward for public service at a time when many are shying away.
Rosado is a respected professional with more than 39 years of expert knowledge of refinery design and management of multiple assignments with Hess Oil Virgin Islands Corp., HOVENSA and Prudenmont Drafting Services.
He said the protection of the environment and human health should be the first objective of the agency.
"The reduction of the amount of waste generated here at the source and reduction of hazardous content of such waste needs to be regarded as the highest priority," he said.
Rosado said he sees other issues, like education, enforcement, worker's health, restaurant and repair shop waste generation, bio-waste, tourism and future generation, as important issues that need to be addressed.
He said recent news reports uncovered a blatant, unconscionable violation of potential bio-waste exposure at a territory hospital and education, legal action and enforcement should be mandatory to prevent such violations in the future when the health of the environment and residents are at risk.
Rosado said the territory must be protected and its natural resources should also be preserved, and their preservation should not be compromised because of a lack of appropriations, initiatives, enforcement or awareness.
"I am pleased that you find my personal and professional background enough to have me as part of the board," he said after the vote. "I am confident and ready for the task."
Rosado's nomination was forwarded to the full body for further consideration.
In other action Thursday, the senate voted to forward the following bills to the full senate for consideration:
- Bill 30-0097: A resolution honoring and commending retired Judge Julio Brady for his outstanding service to the people of the Virgin Islands as a judge, lieutenant governor, U.S. attorney and attorney general.
- Bill 0193: An act amending local law as it relates to exemption of homesteads from judgements or debt. The bill's sponsor, Sen. Terrance Nelson, offered an amendment that was adopted which increased the limit on the value of the property from $30,000 to $300,000, saying that the existing bill is antiquated and the values of homes have gone up significantly since it was first introduced.
- Bill 30-0096: An act to include federally qualified health centers to the facilities permitted to provide minors with treatment for pregnancy, communicable diseases, and drug abuse, emergency medical or surgical treatment and family planning services. While the bill was passed on to the full senate, Sen. Diane Capehart and Sen. Terrence Nelson said they had reservations about the bill because as parents, they would not want their child to be treated without their knowledge in any circumstance.
- Bill 30-0049: An act to create the Division of Alternative Markets and International Reinsurance within the Office of the Lieutenant Governor and to enact the Virgin Islands International Insurers Act. While the bill was forwarded, senators voted to do so with an unfavorable recommendation.
The committee voted to hold Bill 30-0206, an act amending Title 1 Virgin Islands Code, Chapter 11 to designate the month of October as "Disability History Month" in the territory in the committee. They also voted to hold Bill 30-0203, an act to recognize, honor and commend President Barack Obama, name the Christiansted Bypass in his honor, and designate the first Monday of the month of November each year as a special day of recognition.
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