Anger over spillage from nickel plant into PNG’s Basamuk Bay

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The gover­nor of Madang, Peter Yama, says a slurry spillage from the Ramu nick mine is the worst en­vi­ron­men­tal dis­as­ter in Pa­pua New Guinea.

This came af­ter a spill into a creek turned the sea red which is a threat to ma­rine life as well as lo­cal vil­lagers.

The Post Courier re­ported Mr Yama has called on the govern­ment to im­me­di­ately close down the Chi­nese gov­ern­men­towned and op­er­ated Ramu nickel project be­cause of its poor en­vi­ron­men­tal record.

He said the com­pany is op­er­at­ing il­le­gally any­way, be­cause its min­ing agree­ment ex­pired in April this year.

Mr Yama also pointed out the com­pany had had a 10-year tax hol­i­day, made bil­lions in prof­its and paid very lit­tle to his peo­ple.

He said the only re­ward the com­pany has given the peo­ple in the Basamuk Bay is the reck­less spillage of highly toxic waste in the sea.

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