22 November 2012

Liberia: Rescue the People From Pollution


Residents and other individuals within the vicinity of the Freeport of Monrovia have raised a number of concerns regarding the pollution of their community and adjacent areas. They stated that the Premier Milling Corporation, a flour producing entity which operates in the area is allegedly causing the environmental pollution. As a consequence of their operation, residents say an environmental problem has developed in the community, and the probability of their children being affected by various kinds of sicknesses is increasingly high.

During An Investigation conducted by the NEWS, community leaders alleged that their area is being polluted with offensive odor coming from the company's site which makes health hazard imminent. They claimed that their kids stand the risk of attracting various illnesses as a result of the pollution.

Although The Premier Milling Corporation has denied claims made by residents, but The NEWS' investigation established that the entire vicinity of the flour company is ponged with waste from wheat following processing. It was also established by our reporter that a drainage that passes through the community is overtaken by the offensive whiff from the waste products which usually released the offensive smell in the community.

The Concern Of the residents should be taken very seriously by relevant authority of government such as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The Liberian people need to live in an environment that is free of pollution and unpleasant smells of waste coming out of factories.

We Call On the EPA to investigate the Premier Milling Corporation and the activities they are involved with, and if claims by community people are true, then the necessary actions needed to rescue our people from contamination be straightly enforced.

There Are Laws against environmental pollution that must be enforced against those who are in violation regardless of their position and influence in the country.

We Are Also of the opinion that an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) was done prior to the operation of the flour company; and from time to time, there are follow-ups on institutions which activities have impact on the environment.

The Vicinity 0f the Premier Milling Corporation smells horribly and such unusual contamination whirling in air is hazardous to the health of the people.

Therefore, we urged the Liberian government through the EPA to ensure that the case is not only investigated but ensures that solutions to the environmental problem are available.

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