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MEI Online: Commodities: Metallic Ores: Mercury: Latest News: November 18th 2002


:: Tolukuma Pollution Accusations  

Durban Roodeport Deep Ltd (DRD) has been accused by Oxfam of polluting the Auga River in Papua New Guinea (PNG). The South African company's Tolukuma gold mine is alleged to be "poisoning" the river with mercury-contaminated "mine waste".

DRD notes that a environmental baseline study completed before the mine commenced operations found elevated mercury concentrations in the river system. The company further notes that tailings at Tolukuma are monitored weekly, and that independent studies indicate that there is "little difference, if any" between mining-induced sediments and the natural sediments. In addition, an environmental audit of Tolukuma during August found the operation to be in substantial compliance with PNG legislation.



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