spot_imgspot_img
Saturday, July 20, 2024

EPA IMPOSES $965,000 IN FINES ON COMPANIES FOR ENVIRONMENTAL VIOLATIONS

Date:

MONROVIA – The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has imposed fines totaling $965,000 on several companies for violating environmental laws. Dr. Emmanuel Urey Yarkpawolo, the EPA’s Executive Director, made this announcement during a press briefing at the Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs, and Tourism (MICAT) on June 27, 2024.

The companies penalized include J.M Mining Company Inc., Randall and Oretha Doe Multi-purpose Company, Resource Liberia Limited, and China Union Investment, all of which are located in Gbarpolu and Bong counties. Additionally, Jimmy E. Qualah Private Facility and Monrovia Food Construction Company in Monrovia were also fined.

J.M Mining Company Inc. has been operating a Class B gold mine in Gbarpolu County since March 2024 without an environmental permit. This operation has caused significant sediment deposits in the Maher River, hindering local access to water. The company faces a $95,000 fine for violating sections 61, 57, 58, 105, and 6 of the EPA laws, including water pollution regulations.

Randall and Oretha Doe Multi-purpose Company has been fined $140,000 for similar violations in Gbarpolu County. Resource Liberia Limited is required to pay $135,000 to the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) for its infractions. China Union Investment Company has been operating without an environmental permit and effluent discharge license in Bong Mines, Bong County. They have also commenced construction of a new processing plant without EPA approval. The EPA had previously fined them for constructing a medium tailings processing plant without a permit.

Jimmy E. Qualah Private Facility in Monrovia was fined $50,000 for backfilling a wetland and constructing a fence without EPA approval, which could cause flooding in the area. Monrovia Food Construction Company received a $25,000 fine for building a facility in a flood plain.

In March 2024, the EPA fined three other companies a total of $70,998 for similar violations. The companies included East International ($55,000), Quetz Mining Corporation ($2,998), and Quetz Company ($12,999 for a Restoration Order).

Dr. Yarkpawolo emphasized that these fines are intended to serve as a deterrent to other companies, reinforcing the importance of adhering to environmental laws.

smartnews
Smart News Liberia is an online news outlet and a product of Smart Media Group Inc. Our website, smartnewsliberia.com, covers a broad spectrum of news content. For inquiries or information, you can reach us at 0777425285 or 0886946925, or email us at smartnewsliberia@gmail.com or info@smartnewsliberia.com.

LATEST DEVELOPMENT

LIBERIA CONSIDERS AMENDMENT TO CRIMINALIZE HOMOSEXUALITY WITH LIFE IMPRISONMENT

MONROVIA — The House of Representatives has initiated a...

DESPITE CONTROVERSIAL TIES, CEAINEH CLINTON-JOHNSON CONFIRMED TO LIBERIA’S SUPREME COURT

MONROVIA – The Liberian Senate has confirmed Judge Ceaineh...

MINISTER NYUMALIN DISRUPTS CUSTOMARY LAND DEEDS CEREMONY IN LOFA COUNTY

MONRIVIA – Internal Affairs Minister Francis Nyumalin has caused...

JUDGE CEAINEH JOHNSON’S NOMINATION QUESTIONED OVER TIES TO CONVICTED CRIMINAL MARIA LUYKEN

President Joseph Boakai's recent nomination of Judge Ceaineh D....

THE SENATE’S EXTRAVAGANCE AMID ECONOMIC DESPAIR

The recent Senate retreat in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County,...

COMMENTARY

LIBERIAN PRESIDENT JOE BOAKAI’S TROUBLING ADMINISTRATIVE POLICIES RAISE CONCERNS

               By Wondah L. Jah Liberia's President Joe Boakai, a...

COMBATING LEGISLATIVE CORRUPTION: A CALL FOR CHANGE IN LIBERIA

A commentary by Wondah L. Jah Introduction: The Liberian legislature has...

LIBERIANS DEMAND CHANGE AMID CORRUPTION AND BAD GOVERNANCE

By Wondah L. Jah In a growing wave of discontent,...

PRESIDENT JOSEPH BOAKAI’S TRANSPARENCY PROMISES FALTER AMIDST CRITICISM

President Joseph Boakai’s administration is facing significant criticism for...

LATEST NEWS

RISING PRICES, PEACE ON LIBERIAN VOTERS’ MINDS

Cecelia Johnson has voted in five Liberian presidential elections...

LIBERIA: PRESIDENT’S PRESS SECRETARY EMPHASIZES BROADER SCOPE OF WAR AND ECONOMIC CRIMES COURT

MONROVIA – Kula Fofana, press secretary to President Joseph...

Share post:

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW

OPINION

AMID AN UNENDING WAR AGAINST POVERTY, INJUSTICES – HAS THE PROGRESSIVE STRUGGLE BECOME LOST IN TRANSLATION?

A Patriot's Diary With Ekena Wesley What manner of Liberian progressives...

HAS PRESIDENT BOAKAI’S GOVERNMENT BEGUN BEARING GOOD FRUITS? (PART1)

By Jacob N.B. Parley Following a careful reflection, I have...

ELEVATING THE AG BIBLE COLLEGE TO A UNIVERSITY: A MILESTONE ACHIEVEMENT

By Jacob N.B. Parley After many years of successful preaching...

THE DILEMMA OF PRESIDENTIAL SUPREMACY IN LIBERIA: EXAMINING THE BALANCE OF POWER

By Dr. Clarence R. Pearson, Sr. Superior presidency is the...

LACK OF TRANSPARENCY IN UP-LED GOVERNMENT’S DEAL RAISES SERIOUS CONCERNS

In a shocking and controversial move, the Unity Party...

THE GALLERY

spot_imgspot_img

MORE ARTICLES

spot_imgspot_img

MORE NEWS

LATEST DEVELOPMENT NEWS

LATEST CRIME NEWS

Share via
Copy link