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Fri, 29 Jan 2016 18:09 - Updated Fri, 29 Jan 2016 18:08

Mining has greater impact on environment - minister

Luanda - Mining activity ranks among those with greater impact on environment.

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The presidium table at the workshop on environment policy in mining activity.

Photo: Alberto Juliao

This was said Friday in Luanda by the minister of Geology and Mining, Francisco Queiroz, on the occasion of the celebrations of the World Environment Day, January 31.

The minister said as well that mining operators are aware of this fact.

Commenting on the day, Francisco Queiroz considered it an opportunity for a deep reflection on the problems of environment, sustainable development and mobilisation of the society for the issue.

He also appealed to mining operators to abide by the laws in force in the country, especially the Mining Code, as it contains specific rules on environment.

According to the official, some of these rules have to do with the obligation to produce environment impact studies and assess environmental impact regularly.

He recalled that mining companies are also forbidden to contaminate waters and soils, and are obliged to protect the fauna and flora and restore environment condition.

The minister also stated that mining companies are obliged to ensure the supply of drinking water to the populations near their fields, carry out mining operations with the minimum damages of the soils, and reduce the impact of the noise and vibrations to acceptable levels during the use of explosives as stated by concerned authorities.

They should also refrain from dumping into stream and lake waters contaminated waste damaging to human, fauna and flora health, and inform the authorities about any damages caused to the environment.

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