Liberia: Epa Quarantines Expired Chemicals

Monrovia — The Environmental Protection Agency,(EPA) has quarantined a consignment of expired assorted chemical at RM Group on the GSA Road in Paynesville, outside Monrovia.

RM Group is a company that is involved with the production of detergent.

The expired chemicals were quarantined amidst public health threat, the process was carried out Monday by technicians of the EPA backed by officers of the Liberia National Police.

According to the EPA Communication Specialist Alloycious David, in an attempt to conceal the assorted expired chemicals, RM Group denied technicians access to its premises.

After an intervention by the Executive Director of the EPA and the LNP, the technicians were, however, given access to the premises of the company which led to its immediate shutdown.

The management of RM Group has been cited to a meeting by the EPA on Thursday, May 20, 2021.

Meanwhile, the EPA disclosed that during assessment and inventory, it was established that the company was operating on an expired permit in blatant disregard to the Environmental Protection and Management Law (EPML) of Liberia.

It was also established that RM Group was discharging without an effluent discharge license as required by law.

"RM Group never had a chemical registration and an importation license to import chemicals into the country," the EPA said.

It was also observed that the company does not meet its reporting requirement for quarterly monitoring.

This exercise, according to the EPA, is part of a nationwide chemical inventory and effluent quality monitoring which started on Wednesday, 5 May 2021.

The exercise would target all businesses involved in the sale and use of chemicals and is intended to assess proponents' adherence to the 2020 chemical importation, transport, handling and storage guidelines of Liberia and to generate data for the national pollutant registry as required under Part V Section 51 of the Environmental Protection and Management Law (EPML) of Liberia.

At the end of the exercise, EPA will develop a registry that accounts for the quantities and locations of all chemical stockpiled in the country so as to ably respond to any future natural or environmental disasters.

The exercise will also bring all chemical importers and dealers into full compliance as required under the aforementioned regulatory instrument.

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