Rep. Thomas Calls for Wein Town Dump Site Relocation

Jan 31, 2024 - 11:48
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Rep. Thomas Calls for Wein Town Dump Site Relocation
Montserrado County District#4 Representative Michael M. Thomas has written the Plenary of the House of Representatives seeking its intervention in closing and relocating the Whein Town Dump Site to Cheesemanburg in order to curb a potential health epidemic.
The House’s Chairman on Judiciary told his colleagues on Tuesday, January 29, 2024 in regular session that his communication is based on the unfortunate unsanitary circumstances the residents of Whein Town Community in Electoral District #4, Montserrado County are currently encountering.
“Hon Speaker, with repeated communications previously submitted to the 54th Legislature and the slow respond of National Government to remedy the health challenges faced by the residents of Whein Town Community and its immediate surrounding as it relates to the Waste Management project undertaken by Government in 2012. The project were completed and commenced temporary operation for the length of five years, metamorphosed into a serious health challenge, posing unbearable health conditions on residents of the affected Community”, Rep. Thomas’ communication noted.
The Cheesemanburg landfill transitory disposal site was established by the World Bank through the Project Implementation Unit (PIU) at the Monrovia City Corporation (MCC).
“Honorable Speaker, Honorable Deputy Speaker, distinguished colleagues, it will interest you to note that globally, solid waste can be utilized for the production of Gasoline, Plastic tiles, Organic fertilizer, Electricity, and Fuel for bio gas”.
Unfortunately, the lawmaker said the presence of this project has become hazardous and imposes damaging health conditions on the livelihood of over thirty -thousand inhabitants of Whein Town Community and its immediate surroundings.
Honorable Thomas however seeks the indulgence of plenary for the immediate closure of the Whein Town transitory disposal site and the transferred of the solid Waste from the Whein town Solid Waste to the Cheesemanburg landfill site.
 He also request the immediate medical and environmental intervention by the Ministry of Health (MOH) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the restoration of surface pipe borne water by the Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation (LWSC).
Following the reading of the communication, a motion was made by Representative Ivar Jones of Margibi County district #2 to forward the letter to the following committees; Mines, Energy Natural Resources & Environment, Health and Internal Affairs to probe the claims and report back to Plenary for legislative action.

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