The NEWS (Monrovia)

30 November 2012

Liberia: No Harmful Waste From Milling Operation

The management of the Premier Milling Corporation reported to be the leading producer of flour in the country has clarified that there's no harmful waste from its milling operations.

Management of the Flour Company said its operation is a substantially "Dry Process", and does not involve any washing; instead, water is only sparsely used to sprinkle and moisten the wheat in the milling process.

The company explained that water coming from the flour mill compound is rain water from the drains and gutters in the factory compound, which is disposed of mainly through concrete drains built by the company for this purpose.

The company's clarification followed publication of a story recently by this paper in which it quoted residents of the Freeport Community as alleging that the company is polluting their community with waste products from its factory.

The paper quoted two leaders of the Freeport Community, Theophilus Moore and A. M. Sheriff as alleging that the company is not only dumping waste products into their community, but also has failed to implement its social obligation to the community.

Mr. Moore said wastes from wheat used to produce flour are sent into the community through the drainage. He noted that the community is besieged with offensive smell due to the pollution from the flour milling company

However, in a letter addressed to the Managing Editor, the Flour company said the paper's report was blatantly untrue, grossly inaccurate, unfounded and did not thoroughly investigate the allegation.

The company explained that the company's disposal of production waste into the community is done through wheat bran, which is bagged and supplied, mainly on a gratis basis, to local pig and poultry operators.

"Mr. Managing Editor, the Milling operations of Premier Milling is a substantially "Dry Process", and does not involve any washing, as you incorrectly implied; instead, water is only sparsely used to sprinkle and moisten the wheat in the milling process. Thus, there is no waste water from which to pollute the community. Water coming from the compound is rain water from the drains and gutters in the factory compound, which is disposed of mainly through concrete drains built by Premier Milling for this purpose. Even this situation, only occurs during the rainy season, and it is not unusual that some wheat dust or particles may appear in this drain water which temporarily results in an unpleasant odour, especially when the covers on the drains are removed," a letter from the company said.

Undeniably, the Flour Company disclosed that it is the producer of the highest quality of baking flour on the market, using exclusively high quality hard red winter wheat imported from the United States of America.

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