Margibi County District #1 Rep. Tibelrosa S. Tarponweh says he and residents of Disco Hill community strongly reject the dumping of an alleged highly concentrated Chlorine at the Disco Hill community.
In a statement dated 21 November, Rep. Tarponweh complains that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Public Health Institute of Liberia (NPHIL) “escorted under the cover of darkness by some heavily armed Police Officers” transported the concentrated chlorine to Disco Hill on Wednesday, 14 November.
According to him, upon his notification, he advised members of the disposal team to embark on a vigorous awareness and sensitization campaign to residents of the affected community.Rep. Tarponweh says he wants the team to inform the residents of the danger or non- danger of the disposal of the chlorine.
But he says authorities of the EPA, NPHIL and LNP did not do so.Rep. Tarponweh further says citizens of the Disco Hill community, especially youth and elders strongly rejected the disposal of the container in the area, adding that it would create a serious health hazard.
According to him, it could further have far reaching consequences on the citizens as it was reported in the local media that several residents and passersby of the Gardnerville community were affected by the same chlorine before it was relocated to Disco Hill.
Rep. Tarponweh indicates that there is no way that the residents of that community can accept such hazardous waste disposal in their community.He warns that citizens of the area have resolved to reject any forceful disposal of the alleged highly concentrated chlorine at Disco Hill.
By Bridgett Milton–Edited by Winston W. Parley