The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has fined ArcelorMittal Liberia $110,000 after it was found responsible for several violations of environmental laws and pollution of a body of water in Nimba County , in Africa.
The fine was issued after EPA management held a technical hearing with ArcelorMittal, during which the company acknowledged its missteps and pledged to remedy the situation and take steps to avoid new events.
The company was found responsible for its persistent failure to notify the EPA of a major change in its project that posed a significant threat to the environment and human health. According to the EPA, this violated Part III, Section 26 (a and b) of the Environmental Protection and Management Act (EPML).
ArcelorMittal, according to the EPA, also did not take into account the corrective measures of June 27, 2021, requiring the obtaining of an environmental permit for the operation of its treatment plant and the discharge of effluents.
The company was also found responsible for deliberately and illegally dumping sewage into wetlands and was accused of using an explosives magazine without EPA authorization.
”Although you have made efforts to correct the situation, the general size of your environmental footprint has deteriorated over the period.
Written Statement by EPA to ArcelorMittal Liberia Management
“In our letter dated July 27, 2021, the Agency described a series of violations again found during a compliance check and compliance audit of your operations conducted previously. Although you have made efforts to correct the situation, the overall size of your environmental footprint has worsened over the period,” the EPA noted in its communication to ArcelorMittal management.
The company is also required to carry out the complete remediation and restoration of the damaged environment identified in the referenced report. The remediation must be performed by an EPA-certified third-party environmental consultant, while the EPA must approve remediation plans and ensure the implementation of said undertaking.