EPA Fines East Int’l, Affiliate US$57,000 for Violations – Poised to slap Restoration Order with Cost of US$12,999

MONROVIA: In its first interaction with the press, the management of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of Liberia informs the Public about a series of interventions made following the appointment of a new corps of officers by the President Joseph N. Boakai, says the agency has Fines East International and its Affiliate company the sum of 57,000 for violating environmental laws of Liberia. The EPA Acting Executive Director Dr. Emmanuel K. Urey Yarkpawolo issued 72 hours to the companies, including the Quetz Mining Company to pay the fines in government revenue.

The EPA management at a press conference released activities at East International Company, Fengshou International Company, and Quetz Mining Company which are in violation of basic environmental laws and also provided briefings on wetlands protection in Liberia.

The management of the disclosed in a statement presented to a press conference by its  Acting Executive Director Dr. Yarkpawolo that On Monday, February 26, 2024, a team of environmental technicians investigated the ongoing construction activities of EAST International company along the RIA road following several complaints and outcries by the public, as well as an invitation extended by The Honorable House of Representatives Joint Committee on Public Works & Rural Development and Health, to address issues relative to toxic dust which is allegedly causing lung disease and other illnesses along the RIA road project.

The objective of this air quality assessment, the management said, was to conduct at random points along the construction area during which the EPA initiated physical inspections, and gather residents’ views about the dust pollution situation thereby unearthing a number of   discrepancies on their operations on the RIA road.

Accordingly, findings from the investigation were reported in the following categories including Compliance audit where East International Company’s current EPA permit has expired and the company has a series of occupational health and safety issues.

“There is no record of quarterly and terminal monitoring reports submitted by the company to the EPA. The company has not put in adequate personal protective equipment for the workers among other violations. Additionally, East International does not follow regulations,” the investigation has also found.

The investigative findings also established that Air Quality the East International company emits three times Particulate Matter 2.5 or PM2.5, which is a dust particle that can easily be inhaled and causes some respiratory problems, more than the WHO recommended limit; while the findings further touches on Community Survey where the majority (83%) of the people we interviewed reported that dust occurs constantly in their environment during the afternoon hours.  “Some people reported respiratory problems such as coughing and asthma as the major health issues affecting them,” the investigation revealed.

The EPA has also cataloged a series of non-compliance by East International which is found operating under an expired environmental permit, which is a violation of Part III Section 6 of the Environmental Protection and Management Law of Liberia (EPML) and Section 37 of the EPA Act (2003).

The agency further raises the issue of Air Pollution, which is a violation of Part IV Section 36 of the Environmental Protection and Management Law of Liberia, pointing to the of the failure company to regularly suppress dust along the road corridor, which also violates Section 5.2 count 9 of the Environmental permit, and is subject to punitive measures consistent with Section 112 of the EPML.

In lieu of these violations, the East International had been fined US$$55,000 to be paid in Government Revenue at the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) with an official receipt presented to the EPA within 72 hours as of Monday and to be given an EPA official fined letter, while the East International is also requested to renew its expired permit and follow all the environmental protection laws of Liberia.

Meanwhile, the EPA has investigated the activities of another company, the Fengshou International, an affiliate of East International, which operates a rock quarry in Ben’s Town, Margibi County.

Reports from investigation of the Fengshou International Company  showed that Fengshou has unsustainably backfilled a portion of the Marshall wetland without reference to the EPML, noting that the investigative findings revealed the following three things, including discovery that Fengshou International backfilled and constructed a 2km road within the Marshall wetland; that Fengshou International extended its rock quarry into the wetland, and that Fengshou International backfilled and constructed a rock sale point within the wetland.

“These acts by Fengshou International violate Part VI Section 75 of the EPML, which calls for the protection of rivers, lakes, and wetlands. Consequently, the Fengshou International rock quarry is hereby ordered closed until a more sustainable method is approved by the EPA,” the agency ordered.

In a related development, the Environmental Protection Agency also investigated the illegal mining of black sand or zircon by Quetz Mining Corporation, Inc. within the New West Point Community, in Brewerville, Montserrado County, an investigation which the management indicated was predicated upon media alert, and complaint filed at the EPA, relative to the unsustainable mining activities, and its likely impacts of exposure to nearby residents due to the threats of coastal erosion.

The investigation, which was also initiated on February 26, 2024, by a team of environmental technicians, the EPA management said, identified several issues of violations, adding that findings of the report identified that Quetz Mining Corporation Inc., a company partly owned by a Liberian, is heavily involved in the mining, buying, and processing of zircon at their facility without any authorization from the EPA.

The findings, EPA Management furthered, also established wanton issue of environmental degradation taking place along the coastal habitat of New West Point Community and the facility of Quartez Mining, stating that while Quartez does not have a permit from the EPA, the company conducts unsustainable beach sand mining along the coast, unsustainably processes zircon, facilitates unsustainable beach sand mining by locals for sale to Quertz Mining company, and improperly manages and discharges mine wastewater and tailings within the coastal zone.

“These actions by the management of Quetz contravene Part III Section 6 of the EPML and Section 37 of the Environmental Protection Agency Act titled Mining without an environmental permit,” the EPA management noted, saying that in lieu of these violations, the Management of Quetz Mining Company, Inc. is hereby fined USD 2,999.00 to be paid in Government Revenue at the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) with an official receipt presented to the EPA within 72 hours as of the receipt of the official fined letter from the EPA.

Moreover, the environmental regulatory agency said a “restoration order” with a cost not less than US$12,999.00 United States Dollars will be instituted and communicated to the Management of Quartez mining company.

Going forward in the coming days, the EPA indicated that it will conduct a thorough engagement with relevant institutions of government and other stakeholders to curtail the upsurge in the wave of wetland degradations.

Recent complaints and EPA field assessment reports have highlighted massive clearing of mangroves along the Police Academy SKD Boulevard, as well as backfilling activities, including Pago’s Island, New Matadi Fanti Town, Dixville, Jacob Town, etc., the agency asserted.

“As the EPA has already mapped out twenty (20) communities where wetlands are severely under threat, we also wish to use this medium to encourage the public to kindly cooperate with the EPA in prohibiting violators from abusing these wetlands, while the EPA will be engaging with relevant law enforcement authorities to arrest all violators,” the EPA management indicated.

EPA pointed out that as you may be aware, in the event of a flood outbreak those who reside in the immediate proximity of these wetlands are the ones worst affected, saying lastly, that the EPA has also dispatched a team of technicians to probe into the situation that recently occurred at Bea Mountain Mining Corporation (BMMC) for which we regret all the casualties.

“We have also dispatched a team to Todee District, Mont. County, to investigate an alleged chemical spill into the Via River. We will inform the public of the outcomes of these investigations in the coming days.

The EPA reaffirms its commitment to ensuring a clean, healthy, and safe environment for this and succeeding generations,” the EPA said in a statement issued during a press conference Tuesday.

  1. Do not invest if you do not are ready to lose all the money invested.
    single of the most interesting features of the https://www.infinito-wallet.com/ fees in relation to transaction processing considered that that exists as price optimization.

  2. Adonis says

    Hey There. I discovered your blog the use of msn. This is a really well written article.
    I will make sure to bookmark it and return to learn extra
    of your useful info. Thank you for the post. I will certainly return.

  3. Andres says

    Howdy! This is my first comment here so I just wanted to give a quick shout out
    and tell you I really enjoy reading your blog posts.
    Can you recommend any other blogs/websites/forums that cover the same topics?
    Thanks a ton!

  4. Elliott says

    Hello! Do you use Twitter? I’d like to follow you if that would be ok.
    I’m undoubtedly enjoying your blog and look forward to new updates.

  5. Jerold says

    Hello, I enjoy reading all of your article post. I like to
    write a little comment to support you.

  6. Swen says

    Touche. Outstanding arguments. Keep up the great work.

  7. el blog del narco says

    This will give you an idea about the latest trends
    in the blogging market and how other bloggers are
    interacting with their audience.

  8. Nelly says

    Appreciate this post. Let me try it out.

  9. Dawn says

    This is a topic that is near to my heart…
    Cheers! Exactly where are your contact details though?

  10. Martina says

    Ahaa, its good conversation regarding this paragraph
    here at this blog, I have read all that, so at this time me also commenting

  11. Lindsay says

    Wow, incredible blog layout! How long have you been blogging for?
    you make blogging look easy. The overall look of your site is excellent, let alone the content!

  12. Prince says

    This is my first time pay a quick visit at here and i am actually happy to read
    all at one place.

  13. Karol says

    Hi there! This is kind of off topic but I need some help from an established blog.
    Is it hard to set up your own blog? I’m not very techincal but I can figure things out
    pretty quick. I’m thinking about creating my own but I’m not sure where to start.
    Do you have any ideas or suggestions? Many thanks

  14. Shooshtime says

    We are a FREE LIVE CAM Community…and always will be.

  15. Micki says

    Quality articles is the important to attract the viewers to pay a visit the
    web page, that’s what this website is providing.

  16. Janine says

    Good blog you’ve got here.. It’s hard to find excellent writing like yours these days.
    I seriously appreciate individuals like you!

    Take care!!

  17. 메이저토토 사이트 says

    On the other hand, Chicago decided to stand pat at the
    trade deadline it was one of tthe handful
    of teams that did not make any sort of move.

    my blog 메이저토토 사이트

  18. Human says

    Genuinely when someone doesn’t be aware of after that its up to other users that they will assist,
    so here it occurs.

Comments are closed.