EPA certifies MR Distilleries EIA


By Ibrahim Jaffa Condeh

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has given thumbs up to MR Distilleries Limited for carrying out an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA). Environmental Officer, Ms. Lovetta Joana was speaking last week at a public disclosure meeting at the Wellington Community Centre attended by a cross-section of community residents.

Ms. Joana said that one of the roles of EPA was to ensure that industrialists that are operating in the country abide by environmental laws and regulations.

She said Environmental Social Impact Assessment and Community Development Action Plan are part of the activities factories owners are expected to undertake, adding that MR Distilleries has taken the lead in doing just that, also a key aspect of their corporate social responsibility.

A representative from the Ministry of Trade and Industry, Michael N.
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Turay, said that factory owners are expected to work in the interest of the communities in which they are located, as residents therein would be directly affected by any health hazards emanating from those factories.

“The Ministry of Trade and Industry is working in concerted efforts with the Environmental Protection Agency, as one of our mandates for the issuance of ministry certificate to factory owners is to ask for Environmental Impact Assessment license from the EPA,” he stated.

One of the participants, Pa Alimamy Bangura, said residents were impressed to have witnessed the public hearing as it pertains to plans for the development of the community. He noted that MR Distilleries has employed youth within Wellington and environs and that he was hopeful that more employment will be created in future.