The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has fined the Management of Monrovia Breweries Incorporated (MBI) Five Thousands United States Dollars (US$5,000) for hindering the operation of the agency on its facility Friday July 3, 2020.
According to the Acting Executive Director of EPA, Mr. Randall M. Dobayou, the US$5,000 fine is expected to be paid within 72 hours of receipt of this communication in the government revenue through the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) with an official receipt presented to EPA.
Director Dobayou made the disclosure Monday at a Press Conference held at EPA’s Head Office in Sinkor.
According to him, failure to comply with this notice of violation may lead to the cancellation of MBI operation permit.
He asserted that a team of EPA Inspectors visited the premise of the MBI to conduct routine environmental inspection and follow up on the company’s implementation of recommendation proffered by the agency during its April 10, 2019 audit verification visit to the company.
“As you may be aware, a team of EPA technicians conducted an assessment on the aforementioned date and recommended among others that MBI obtain an effluent discharge permit and chemical registration and importation license for chemicals imported” Director Dobayou added.
He pointed out that this recent visit was thus intended to assess the company’s implementation of recommendations made by the previous technical team as well as to assess the company’ compliance status as per its operation permit.
He noted that the inspectorate team led by the Chief Inspector of the Montserrado County, Stephen S. Gongehn was denied access to MBI’s facility with the Chief of Security on duty holding firm that MBI management had instructed that the EPA should have served prior notice before being allowed to inspect the facility.
The EPA Boss emphasized that the EPA takes serious exception to this non-compliance posture and has decided to send a strong warning to other would-be offenders that the agency is serious about its mandate of safeguarding the environment.
He indicated that companies should be reminded that denying environmental inspectors access to their facilities is a violation of Part IX Section 95 of the Environmental Protection and Management of Liberia (EPML) and an affront to Section 8.0 of their operation permit which gives inspectors the right to unhindered access to their facilities at any given time.
Director Dobayou stressed that the purpose of monitoring companies adherence to the terms and conditions of the permit and compliance to the provisions of the Law Subsection 3 of section 95 of the EMPL states that anyone who interferes with Inspector’s duties commits an offence and is liable on a conviction of a fine not exceeding US$5,000 or imprisonment for one year or both.