REGIONAL OFFICES/COUNTY OFFICES

INFORMATION ON THE INSPECTORATE/COUNTY OFFICES

Background

The Act that established the Environmental Protection Agency or the EPA Act was approved by the National Legislature in November, 2002 and printed into handbill in April, 2003. Following this the EPA functioned only in Monrovia with few field visits to the counties until 2007  when the first batch of 25 environmental inspectors were trained and deployed into six counties (Montserrado, Margibi, Bomi, Bassa, Grand Gedeh and Maryland) thus leading to the beginning of the Inspectorate Section of the EPA.  Subsequently, in 2009 and 2011, other batches of inspectors were trained and deployed under the erstwhile Department of Outstation and Inspectorate. In late 2011, upon assuming the mantle of authority at the EPA, Madam Anyaa Vohiri, the new Executive Director merged Outstation and Inspectorate with the Department of Monitoring, Assessment and Conservation to form the present Department of Compliance and Enforcement thus leading to the informal creation of the Inspectorate Section of C&E.

Today, the EPA has offices in ten of the fifteen counties in which a number of environmental inspectors are assigned to carry out the mandate of the EPA at county level. While planning to establish offices in the remaining counties (Gbarpolu, Cape Mount, Rivercess, Grand Kru and River Gee) environmental issues emanating from these counties without EPA offices are attended to by inspectors assigned in the closest county as indicated in the table below.  Presently, EPA is considering dividing its county offices into regions similar to the method used by the Forestry Development Authority (FDA) to administer its offices in the counties.

Mandate of the inspectors

Several Sections of the Environmental Protection Agency Act and the Environmental Protection and Management Law of Liberia spelt out the duties of the inspectors. Prominent among them is Section 95(1b) which specifically provides that inspectors are to "carry out periodic inspections of all establishments and undertakings within such District limits of jurisdiction which manufacture, produce as by-products, import, export, store, sell, distribute, or use any substances and materials that are likely to have significant impact on the environment to ensure that the provisions of this Law are complied with;".

In monitoring and inspection, inspectors are required to monitor and/or inspect projects/activities that are likely to significantly impact the environment at least four times a year or on a quarterly basis. However, in instances where there are significant issues that required timely attention of the EPA, inspectors can pay as many visits as necessary. During inspection, inspectors are required to point out all noncompliant activities or attitude of the project being inspected and document findings for action. Depending on the nature of the non-compliance, the inspector may take immediate action or refer the issue to the central office through the Inspectorate Section for action.

Collaboration with other ministries, agencies and NGOs

The Environmental Protection and Management Law of Liberia (EMPL) also calls for collaboration with other relevant ministries, agencies and NGOs in dealing with environmental issues in the country. In view of this EPA inspectors have worked in collaboration with other line ministries and agencies to address issues affecting the environment. There are many typical examples or cases to point to in the last few years. For instance, during the Ebola epidemics, EPA inspectors worked with several entities including Ministries of Health and Internal Affairs and NGOs to assess and select sites for the construction of Ebola Treatment Units (ETUs) and burial grounds for Ebola victims in Nimba, Bong, Lofa, Bomi and Montserrado Counties. Also during the caterpillar (army worms) infestation that affected many counties, EPA inspectors collaborated with the Ministry of Agriculture to fight the infestation in Grand Gedeh, Nimba, Bong, Lofa, Margibi and Grand Bassa Counties. During the process, EPA inspectors guided Ministries of Agriculture's technicians in the use of chemicals to kill the caterpillars that were massively consuming leaves of plants in these counties without affecting other forms of life in the environment. Inspectors have also worked with the Ministries of Public Works and Health and some NGOs and other entities to address water, sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) issues. For example, inspectors in Bong, Nimba and Lofa Counties have been monitoring the international NGO, (the Global Communities') activities in these counties which include WASH projects such as installation of hand pumps, latrines and training communities to become "open defecation free"(ODF).

As members of the Superintendent's Cabinet

Inspectors are direct representatives of the EPA in the counties in which they are assigned. Hence, Inspectors in the counties are members of the Superintendent Cabinet which is the body that meet on a monthly basis to review and make decision on issues affecting the county. As member of the Cabinet, inspectors seek to obtain the cooperation of county authorities in solving environmental issues. For instance, in Harper City, Maryland County, when some residents were illegally mining beach sand, the County Attorney and the City Mayor assisted the EPA inspectors in prosecuting the violators in the Magisterial Court. Similarly, illegal sand miners were also prosecuted in Sanniquellie, Nimba County through the cooperation of the City Mayor and the County Attorney.

NAMES OF INSPECTORS AND THEIR ASSIGNMENT

Jerry T. Toe -------------------------Manager/Dept of Compliance & Enforcement (0880662516)

Edward G. Wingbah -----------------Asst Manager-Admin/County Coordination (0886576150)

Jarsa V Okai---------------------------------------------Acting Asst Manager/Technical (0886466228)

EPA does not have offices in five counties: Grand Cape Mount, Gbarpolu, Rivercess, River Gee and Grand Kru and presently nearby EPA offices have oversight over them as indicated below.

 

 

# Name Title Telephone # Assignment Oversight
1

Isaiah K. Paye

Sam Dugbeh

Fongbana Yarsiah    

Miatta Kiawu

Nathaniel Saah

Edwin P. Kezele

Lorenzi Fahnbulleh

Edwin B.

Environmental Inspector

Environmental Inspector

Environmental Inspector

Environmental Inspector

Environmental Inspector

Environmental Inspector

Environmental Inspector

Environmental Inspector

0886-512-388

0888-894-090

0886-667-612

0886-389-256

0886-897-647

0886- 481-002

0886-625-998

0886-837-476

Monts/HEAD

Montserrado

Montserrado

Montserrado

Montserrado

Montserrado

Montserrado

Montserrado

None
2

Daniel W. Larwubah

William Gibson

Tithe Clarke

David Barlatt

Environmental Inspector

Environmental Inspector

Environmental Inspector

Environmental Inspector

0886-487-138

0880-988-937

0886-884-943

0886-464-643

Bomi/ HEAD

Bomi

Bomi

Bomi

Grand Cape Mount &

Gbarpolu

3

Wellington L. Ben

Victoria Jones

Albert Tarnwreh

Anthony S. Kollie

Louise Dorbor- Soko

Environmental Inspector

Environmental Inspector

Environmental inspector

Environmental Inspector

Environmental Inspector

0886-690-984

0880-944-469

0886-500-444

0886-454-519

0886-677-499

Margibi/HEAD

Margibi

Margibi

Margibi

Margibi

None
4

Baiyezenah W. Brown

Christiana Kollie Kai

Joseph N. Kpantee

F. Victor Gbelee, Jr

Environmental Inspector

Environmental Inspector

Environmental Inspector

Environmental Inspector

0886-536-831

0886-411-505

0886-008-638

0886-734-05

Bong/HEAD

Bong

Bong

Bong

None

5

Nathaniel Kollie

Kou Queia

Darius N. Toe

Richard Wheaton

Environmental inspector

Environmental Inspector

Environmental Inspector

Environmental Inspector

0886-607-181

0886-594-122

0886-826-952

0886-636-782

Bassa/HEAD

Bassa

Bassa

Bassa

Rivercess
6

David Subah

Johnson Nowon

Helen Johnson – Goe

Environmental Inspector

Environmental Inspector

Environmental Inspector

0886-731-116

0886830942

0886-451-481

0886-731-116

0886830942

0886-451-481

River Gee
7

Roland Chea

Samuel Nagbe

Environmental Inspector

Environmental Inspector

0886-525-393

0886-821-112

Maryland/Head

Maryland

Grand Kru
8

Perry Z. Newray

Harry Carson

Olivia Griffiths

Rebecca Korbo

Environmental Inspector

Environmental Inspector

Environmental Inspector

Environmental Inspector

0886-496-476

0886-442-261

0886-685-267

0886-463-72

Nimba/HEAD

Nimba

Nimba

Nimba

None
9

Stephen M. Gibson

Stephen Mantor

Ambrose A.B.C. Jamina

Environmental Inspector

Environmental Inspector

Environmental Inspector

0886-525-942

0880-312-768

0880-694-882

Lofa/HEAD

Lofa

Lofa

None
10

Stephen S. Gongehn

Ezekiel K. Kpehe

William Dorbor

Environmental inspector

Environmental Inspector

Environmental Inspector

0886-407-745

O880-679-178

0886-972-683

Sinoe/HEAD

Sinoe

Sinoe

None