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Ghana: Maccarthy Hill Residents Mount Pressure On Empire Cement Factory to Cease Operation



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The McCarthy Hill Residents’ Association, Accra, has expressed worry about the refusal of the Empire Cement Factory (ECF) to adhere to Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) directive to cease operations.

Rather, chairman of the group, Mr Eddie Quaynor said the ECF, a Chinese owned operator, had started production of cement at an alarming and accelerated speed.

At a press briefing yesterday to express their displeasure about the development, Mr Quaynor revealed that currently, three silos have been installed on the site of the factory, adding that the installations had heightened the Association’s suspicion that contrary to ECF’s claim of just producing cement paper bags it was producing and bagging the product.

The main concern of residents, he said was the health implications the cement producing factory posed to them.

Mr Quaynor stated that a letter dated March 26, 2021 was issued to ECF directing the company to stop all construction activities until an approval was granted by the EPA.

Also, he indicated that similar directives were issued in August 2020 by the EPA as well as the Office of the President in September 2020, adding that “all these instructions have fallen on deaf ears.”

Mr Quaynor stressed that some Chinese were not only engaged in illegal mining activities in the country but were also actively involved in illegal operations with absolute disregard to the laws of Ghana, citing EFC’s location at a densely populated residential area like Weija McCarthy as an example.