Dominican Government to cleanup major gold mine’s toxic waste
Santo Domingo. – The Energy and Mines Ministry and the gold miner Barrick Pueblo Viejo on Wednesday agreed on a plan to mitigate liabilities and the environmental cleanup of pollutants left by the previous miner, Rosario Dominicana.
The announcement comes just one day after the Chamber of Deputies asked the Environment Ministry to investigate the alleged pollution at Hatillo dam and the Yuna river by the gold miner Barrick Pueblo Viejo, near the city Cotuí (central).
Mines minister Antonio Isa Conde and Barrick Pueblo Viejo president Manuel Rocha signed the agreement, in compliance with the provisions of the lease of the mining rights at Barrick’s site in central Sanchez Ramirez province.
Among the priorities figure the elimination of the dam that holds the toxic residues at Mejita, where the retaining wall will be shored up and the water drained, to eliminate environmental risks, Isa said, stressing that the announced measures should have started in 2009, but delayed due to extensive discussions and studies required.
“Let’s remember that the mining rights lease agreement, as amended, stipulates that the Dominican State is responsible for managing and remediating the historical environmental issues arising from the operation of the mine at Cotuí since the time of Rosario Dominicana.”
June 15, 2016
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