EPA Fines Aureus Mining US$10K

first_imgThe Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has fined Bea Mountain Mining Corporation, a subsidiary of Aureus Mining, US$10,000 for what the EPA described as “disruption of an on-going investigation into allegation that the company discharged acute toxicity of effluents into the Mafa River in Grand Cape Mount County.”EPA Executive Director Anyaa Vohiri, who headed a team of investigators to the company’s operational site on Saturday, said “Bea Mountain Mining Corporation disrupted the investigation by blocking effluents from its Tilling Storage Facility (TSF) to the ‘point of compliance’ without notifying the EPA.” She said the investigation into the allegation, which included sites verifications, laboratory analyses of water samples and technical conference with the company’s management was in response to several complaints by residents of Jikando, Gola Konneh District.Madam Vohiri said EPA monitors received information from some of the residents of the area where fish were found dead within 3.15 km of the company’s Tilling Storage Facility due to the use of chemicals in her gold mining processes.According to her, this indicates that ‘acute toxicity of effluents was illegally discharged into the Mafa River,’ which the residents said is a primary source of trade, livelihood and domestic uses.Madam Vohiri said the residents also complained of loss of biodiversity along the diverted segment of the Mavoroe Creek as a result of overflow and the illegal discharge of ‘highly toxic effluents.’ She said although investigation into the matter was continuing, the loss of biodiversity along the diverted segment of the Mavoroe Creek as a result of its stagnation due to inappropriate stream diversion; and that the illegal discharge of effluents from the company’s Tilling Storage Facility into the environment without discharge permit from the EPA is a violation of several provisions of the environmental law of Liberia. Madam Vohiri said, “Consistent with the standards and regulations of the agency and the permitting conditions of your permit, the EPA has determined that your entity did violate conditions 6.0 and 7.0 of the permit, part V Section 56 (1) of the Environmental Protection and Management Law of Liberia, and Part III Section 21 (4) of the Act Creating the EPA.” She therefore threatened that the company’s operating permit may warrant a suspension based on the unveiling circumstances.“The EPA hereby fines Bea Mountain Mining Corporation the amount of US$10,000 payable into government revenue coffers through the Central Bank of Liberia within 42 hours. You are further directed to come along with copy of the notice of violation and the appropriate official flag receipt substantiating full compliance for the issuance of a clearance,” she told the company’s General Manager, Debar Allen, at a meeting during her visit on Saturday.During the visit, Madam Vohiri also toured Jekando, the affected community and assured the residents that the EPA as a regulator would prevail on the company not to repeat what has happened.She requested that a committee comprising representatives from the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy, EPA, Bea Mountain Mining Corporation and the affected community monitor the situation so as to avoid future occurrences.Mr. Allen did not register any opposition to the EPA’s position, but said that his corporation has put in place mitigation measures to avoid re-occurrence.He admitted that the company’s technical people collected dead fishes from the river and disposed of them as well as collected water samples when the company was informed about the incident.He disclosed that as part of the measure, the company has constructed two hand pumps to provide clean and safe drinking water for inhabitants of the affected community.“The company has also connected Jekando with motor road in the aftermath of the incident,” Mr. Allen said.Jekando Town Chief, Jimmy Kamara, lauded Madam Vohiri for visiting the community. He said prior to her visit, the residents had felt frustrated over the pollution of their river. The chief however also lauded the company for responding to their needs by constructing the hand pumps.He then called on the management to expand the road it constructed to link the various communities.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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DONEGAL ARTISTS NEEDED TO DESIGN DUBLIN ZOO POSTCARD!

first_imgDublin Zoo is giving children in Donegal, a chance to design this year’s official Dublin Zoo Christmas Cards.Children are invited to enter their Christmas Card design featuring an animal of their choice from Dublin Zoo.Six winners will be selected to have their design featured on one of the Dublin Zoo official Christmas cards and receive a Dublin Zoo family annual pass and goodie bag! As Dublin Zoo is a registered charity, all proceeds from the sales of the cards will go towards the upkeep of the animals at the Zoo and towards conservation projects Dublin Zoo supports.Children can enter in one of the following categories, Age 3-6, Age 7-10 and Age 11-15 with two winning designs being selected from each category. Entrants should submit their designs by Thursday 14th November to be in with a chance to see their masterpiece as this year’s Dublin Zoo Christmas card.Director for Dublin Zoo, Leo Oosterweghel, said; “We are delighted to launch the Dublin Zoo Design a Christmas Card competition across Ireland and we are very excited to see the designs children in Donegal will submit featuring their favourite animal from Dublin Zoo”.The entry requirements are as follows; · Your entry should be on paper which is A4 in size· The work that you submit may be drawn or painted in pencil, charcoal, pen and ink, crayon, pastel, watercolour, acrylics, oils or poster colourTo submit your entry complete the entry form which can be found in next Saturday’s Irish Independent, and send along with your design to Dublin Zoo Christmas Card Competition, PO Box 11, Independent House, 27 – 32 Talbot St. Dublin 1.The Dublin Zoo Christmas Card will be available for sale online and in the Dublin Zoo gift shop with proceeds from the sale of all Christmas cards going towards the upkeep of the animals at the Zoo and towards conservation projects that Dublin Zoo supports.To find out more details on the Dublin Zoo Design a Christmas Card Competition log onto www.facebook.com/dublinzoo or pick up next Saturday’s Irish Independent. DONEGAL ARTISTS NEEDED TO DESIGN DUBLIN ZOO POSTCARD! was last modified: November 4th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:artistsdonegalDublin Zoopostcardlast_img read more

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