Tanzanian authorities threaten to shut down gold mine firm over water pollution

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An open pit mine in the town of Prestea, where Oxfam parter organization in Ghana, WACAM has been supporting the Concerned Citizens Association of Prestea in its efforts to negotiate with a mining company around issues related to air and water pollution, and the proposed expansion of mining operations.

Tanzanian authorities on Tuesday threatened to shut down Acacia North Mara gold mine if it failed to control water effluents released by the mining firm.

Dotto Biteko, the nation’s Minister for Minerals, said the water effluents released by the mining firm were polluting water meant for domestic use in the area.

“Our major concern is about the health of Tanzanians,” Biteko said on an inspection tour to Acacia North Mara in Tanzania’s northwest district of Tarime in Mara region.

He said the mining firm should take steps to control the water effluents it released before March 30.

The minister said if the mining firm fails to control the water effluents that spilled out to people’s residences the government will shut it down without giving notice.

Biteko said the government sent a team of environmental experts to the mining firm and made recommendations to the firm on how to manage the situation according to the country’s environmental laws.

Biteko said his visit to mining firm was implementation of President John Magufuli’s directive that he made in September last year to relevant authorities to address challenges facing residents in the area, including pollution of water. Enditem

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