The rocky relationship between the Tanzanian government and the biggest miner in the country, Acacia Mining, has taken a rather unpleasant turn this week after the company was fined $2.4 million for alleged pollution at its disputed North Mara mine.
An environmental protection order (EPO) has also been issued against the company by the Tanzanian National Environment Management Council (NEMC), in relation to allegations of pollution from the mine’s tailings dam.
“The North Mara gold mine has been given two weeks to pay the fine and three weeks to rectify the problem at its tailings storage facility,” Tanzania’s mining minister, Doto Biteko said. He also added that tougher measures will be taken against the mine if it fails to comply with the order.
In a confirmation of the EPO issuance, Acacia said that the mine’s technical team has been working “constructively and collaboratively” with the government of Tanzania to address concerns regarding alleged breaches of various environmental regulations and discharges of a dangerous substance from the mine.
Even though operations at the mine are still on following recent events, the company said it has been asked to build a new tailings dam and structure for storing uneconomical ore.
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Source:: Ventures Africa