Tim Newman, Campaigns Assistant, International Labor Rights Fund
The Firestone company continues its pattern of disrespect for Liberia by polluting the area around their rubber plantation. Today, the Public Agenda, a Liberian newspaper, printed an article stating that the Environmental Protection Agency has finished a report confirming that Firestone pollutes the Farmington River as well as the air around their facilities. The Farmington River is used by local communities for bathing and fishing.
This latest news confirms the claims that have been made by members of the Stop Firestone Coalition both in Liberia and the US. Firestone has spread misinformation about their environmental record, but you can read the Stop Firestone Coalition's response to Firestone here. You can also send a protest e-mail here.
To see how Firestone's pollution effects Liberians directly, check out this photo essay by Michael Zumstein.