EPA REPORTS ON CHEMICAL SPILL IN BONG

EPA REPORTS ON CHEMICAL SPILL IN BONG

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has encouraged residents of Sayweh-ta and surrounding areas in Bong County to begin to use the Seh Creek and nearby hand pumps constructed by the mining firm MNG-gold.

A recent chemical spill into the Seh Creek in Kokoyah Statutory District, Bong County affected thirty persons with different medical complications who were taken to the Phebe Hospital for treatment.

But in a communication to MNG-gold, the EPA noted that further test has indicated zero concentration of cyanide in the Seh Creek and various hand pumps in the town and surrounding villages.

Speaking to journalists in Gbarnga recently, the supervisor of the EPA Duke Davies and MNG-gold Public Relations Officer said, MGN- gold regrets the spill over and was doing everything to prevent the reoccurrence of the chemical spill.

They said, besides assistance to the victims, MNG-gold has concluded the rehabilitation and expansion of its chemical storage facility in its various mining camp sites in Kokoyah Statutory District.

The two men also commended residents of the affected communities for remaining peaceful and supportive of the EPA and the other institutions in investigating the chemical spill over in Kokoyah District.

According to MNG- gold, the chemical spill in October was due to a heavy downpour of rain which reportedly caused the de-concentrated chemical storage tanks to overflow into the Seh Creek.

The incident prevented farmers from going to their farms and using of the Seh Creek and other water sources in Sayweh-ta and surrounding towns and villages.

MNG- gold is a Turkish mining company granted mining license by the Government of Liberia to extract gold from Kokoyah Statutory District, Bong County.

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