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Ramu Nickel Mine in Papua New Guinea Mismanaged Waste – Dr Mojon

Metal News - Published on Tue, 15 Oct 2019

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The Ramu nickel mine in Papua New Guinea's Madang province has been found to have mismanaged toxic waste it dumps into the sea. The provincial government engaged an oil spill response consultant Dr Alex Mojon from Sweden to investigate recent discolouring of local waters and the deaths of fish species. Dr Mojon said that he is shocked by the catastrophic impact of mine waste on the marine environment. Dr Mojon said the mine operator had been releasing millions of litres of toxic waste annually into the sea and expecting it to disappear. Dr Mojon said all samples tested contained toxic levels of heavy metal contamination. Dr Mojon said "I am also friendly to the industry, to the mines and petroleum industry. They are part of the economy. If they respect all laws and regulations, including the environment, then I am a friend of them. If not, I am enemy of them and that's why the mine should be closed."

Madang Governor Peter Yama continues to condemn the Management of Ramu NiCo for questioning the involvement of an independent scientist into the waste spillage incident. Yama said the findings of Dr Alex Mojon on the Ramu nickel spill into Basamuk Bay in August cannot be disputed. He said "If this country can gamble with money and the lives of my people, I say 'no it won't happen. "It's my province and my home. I am mandated by my people. And I will stand by my people."

Ramu NiCo management released a statement and brushed aside claims by Dr Alex Mojon engaged by the Madang provincial Government to carry out investigation on the waste spillage from the Basamuk refinery. The management said Dr Mojon was not authorised by Conservation and Environment Protection Authority to conduct the investigation. The Company stated that the release of the report by the Swiss scientist for Madang Provincial Government is ill-timed and in direct defiance of an official government sanctioned report through CEPA whose findings are yet to be presented.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Tue, 15 Oct 2019
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