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EPA, GSM Coys, Reach Landmark Agreement

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The New Dawn Liberia The New Dawn LiberiaThe management of the Environmental Protection Agency EPA and three companies operating in the country reached a landmark agreement following a one hour consultative forum at its 4th street office in Sinkor. The forum organized by the EPA, brought together representatives from Cellcom, Liber Cell and the Comium GSM companies.

An EPA release says during the forum, EPA Acting Executive Director Hon. Thomas Romeo Quioh, acquainted the GSM representatives with their institutions’ legal obligation to the Liberian Government through the EPA.

Hon. Quioh named the presentation of an Environmental Impact Assessment EIA report, an Environmental Management Plan EMP, submit a complete listing of their towers and locations nation-wide and pay the legitimate fees owe the EPA in two weeks.

The EPA release quotes the entity’s acting boss as also urging the GSM companies, to hire the services of independent evaluators to conduct the EIA and EMP in line with the guidelines and regulations of the EPA, especially in the case of plans to construct new towers. At the consultative forum, Cellcom was represented by its Chief Operation Officer William Saamoi, Liber Cell was represented by its General Manager, Mohamed Alawie, while Comium was represented by its Chief Technician Seray Bundu.

In separate remarks, Messrs Saamoi, Alawie and Bundu, committed their institutions’ adherence to the legal rules and obligations assigned onto the EPA under the statute. They however appealed to the EPA to allow them pay half of the fees they owe in two weeks and complete the balance payment on September 5, 2010, along with the presentation of their respective EMPs.

Meanwhile, the Management of the Environmental Protection Agency is urging the Lone Star Communication Corporation, WATCO and LIBTELCO, to act in accordance with the agreement reached at the July 21, 2010 consultative forum “or else, they would face the consequences.”

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