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9 Jun 2022

Liberia: Preliminary report on water pollution points finger at Bea Mountain Mining Corporation after it denied any wrongdoing

The story of the apparent pollution in Cape Mount has drawn the attention of people of all walks of life, with authorities warning the villagers not to use rivers in the region. But it also brought hardship to already poor villagers, who live on hand-to-mouth fishing and use the rivers for drinking, washing, and cooking. The communities blame the pollution on a Bea Mountain Mining Company waste facility. The company has the facility right outside its New Liberty Gold Mine and has a connection to the Weaju River which forms a common boundary with the Varwor River in Jikando. It then empties into the Mafa River in Gormah, from where Pabai received that call about the pollution. Bea Mountain denies any wrongdoing, saying in a statement a day after news of the pollution broke out, “that no abnormal conditions have taken place in its plant. However, a preliminary report released by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) seems to point the finger at Bea Mountain although more investigations are still needed. The EPA noted that, the analysis results showed a higher than the permissible level of free cyanide with source from the Bea Mountain Mining Corporation tiling storage facility resulting in a corresponding reduction in dissolved oxygen level.