MONROVIA – Liberia’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has embarked on a month-long national environmental compliance monitoring to ensure that proponents licensed by the Agency are complying with the Environmental Protection and Conservation Act. Environmental Management of Liberia (EPML).
The exercise that is inconsistent with the EPA’s core mandate and its five-year strategic plan aims to close a three-year gap in environmental monitoring and compliance and brings EPA-licensed proponents into compliance with the terms of their permit.
During the environmental compliance monitoring exercise, the Compliance and Enforcement Department will assess environmental audits and monitoring reports and bring all companies that require an environment into compliance.
To achieve this, the EPA sent the first three teams of environmental compliance officers along with environmental scientists to southeastern and northern Liberia to initiate the process. The teams are expected to enforce, document, report issues of environmental violations and perform random analysis of environmental quality data (water, soil, air, biodiversity) from selected projects across the country.
The team is also responsible for ensuring that all Class B and C mining license holders adhere to EPA’s permitting process, EPA’s regulatory regime, and measures developed to mitigate risk. negative ecological footprint of their projects.
The month-long environmental compliance monitoring would ensure the expansion of all sectors under EPA’s regulatory regime. are covered and have also verified the level of compliance of all project proponents under EPA regulations.
The exercise will also reinforce and create an awareness of the EPA permitting process as well as an awareness of the need for sustainable development now and for successive generations to come.