7 February 2013

Liberia: Garbage Station Pollutes Several Communities

Two local environmental groups here are calling for the relocation or enclosure of the Solid Waste Transfer Station located in Sarco Community, near the Stockton Creek in Somali Drive.

According to a statement released Tuesday in Monrovia, MOREC and Lamp Foundation Inc. said the Solid Waste Transfer Station is not only oozing serious air pollutants, but has become a transit site for crawling insects. Both groups noted that the stink is causing diarrhea and other related health hazards through the contamination of foodstuff and drinking water.

They said the concern followed careful evaluation and consultation with residents of the Sarco, Stockton Creek, Jamaica Road and Battery Factory communities, respectively.

The statement issued under the signatures of Jacob D. Walker of Lamp Foundation and Tom Koleh of MOREC said residents of those areas confirmed that the continued storage of Solid Waste at the transfer station has a huge impact on their health and environment, particularly the heap of garbage which poses serious health threat to the densely populated communities.

They said the alarm is in consonance with their statutory responsibilities as duly registered environmental bodies licensed by the government, adding that it does not require a rocket scientist to determine that the proximity of such facility to a major motor road and communities in question is unpleasant and unhealthy.

"We are calling on the Monrovia City Corporation and all collaborating partners to heed the voice of reason and take the most prudent and appropriate action as contained in our request", read the statement.

The groups then threatened: "We would be prepared to institute the appropriate legal action if the MCC and partners refuse to relocate or enclose the SWTS."

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