For Polluting Water Sources, EPA Fines Bea Mountain Mining Corporation
The Environmental Protection Agency of Liberia has with immediate effect, fined the Bea Mountain Mining Corporation for reported water pollution in Gola Konneh District, Grand Cape Mount County.
The Company has been fined 99,999.99 to be paid in Government revenue through the Liberia Revenue Authority with an official receipt presented to the EPA within 72 hours.
A release from the EPA says on July 10, 2018, a team of EPA technicians made an important visit at the New Liberty Gold mines in Gola Konneh District in Grand Cape Mount County to investigate alleged water pollution reported by some residents of the downstream communities.
According to the release, following the investigation, the EPA discovered that the company was in violation of several provisions of the environmental laws of Liberia.
Meanwhile, the EPA has ordered that the Bea Mountain Mining Corporation is to remedy the pollution within 15 days and provide drinking water for the affected communities.
At the same time, the company has been mandated to commission a resettlement action plan by an independent Environmental Evaluator to determine compensation for the affected community.
The Environmental Protection Agency also warned that failure to comply with the notice of violation within the stipulated period may lead to drastic penalties, including but not limited to additional fines, imprisonment or criminal prosecution where applicable.
Bea Mountain one of the giant companies in the Gold and Diamond sector of the country is situated in western Liberia specifically Grand Cape Mount County.
It has been reported that the company is involved in bad labor practices against Liberians in its employ.
The company which hailed from Belgium has remained tight-lipped on the EPA latest move.
The Company has not responded to an inquiry made by the Monrovia Times up to press time on Monday.