U.S. rubber company disputes Liberia pollution study
November 2, 2009
According to the Associated Press, the tire-maker company Firestone is disputing claims by the Liberian government that the company''s waste products are polluting creeks. After a three-month investigation, the Liberian government says they found high levels of orthophosphate being released into the water. But Firestone said in a released statement that it has conducted its own extensive testing of discharge water and found it was not harmful to human health. The government''s report did not say whether or not the company will pay any fines. Firestone signed a 99-year concession agreement with the Liberian government in the 1920s to grow and export rubber in the West African nation.