EPA is the principle authority for implementing the national environmental policy and sustainable management law for the protection of natural resources in Liberia.
Speaking Wednesday, June 5, 2019 at this year’s World Environment Day (WED), Mr. Randall M. Dobayou II, said the agency conforms to the polluters pay principle, which mandates those who pollute the environment to bear the cost of managing it.
This year’s WED was held under the local theme: “Clean air, good health,” with a parade beginning at the Samuel Kanyan Doe (SKD) Boulevard in Congo Town on the outskirt of Monrovia to the SKD Sports Complex in Paynesville, outside Monrovia, where the indoor program was held.
According to Dobayou, conforming to this principle will prevent the environment from being damage by human actions that will cause poor health and environmental degradation.
He stressed the need that the Environmental Protection and Management Law (EPML) of 2003 be strongly implemented, so that those whose activities are geared towards environmental degradation, air pollution, and the illegal disposal of garbage be apprehended consistent with Section 62 of the law.
“In view of this year’s World Environment Day, the EPA cautions all well-meaning Liberians and residents of the city of Monrovia and other cities to avoid venturing into unsustainable waste management practices. We avail ourselves to continuously work with all relevant stakeholders to ensure that proper information is provided as we strive collectively for environmental sustainability for now and successive generation,” said Dobayou.
He pointed out that the EPA is alarmed over the increasing rate of unsustainable disposal of municipal solid waste, the pollution of our coastal waters and runoff from raw sewage, and air pollution.
Liberia’s Mines and Energy Minister Gesler E. Muray, in a statement delivered on his behalf by Deputy Minister for Mines, Carton Miller, urged Liberians to be conscious of they make towards good health.
“Air pollution must be avoided. We are in risk of global warming and as associated dangers such sea level rise and so we must be careful of the choices that we make to stay alive and to be healthy,” stated the Mines and Energy boss.
“There are choices we can make to change our environment positively. We must move from the old fashioned coal pots to the new charcoal stores. We can plan more trees for good air. We can choose not to burn trash but rather use the CBEs for our level,” he added.