EPL to sanction mining companies if…

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The Environmental Protection Agency has issued a December 15, 2014 deadline for all mining companies to comply with environmental laws and regulations regarding treatment of water to avoid pollution of water bodies.

Most mining companies do not treat water that comes from their operational machines to pollute water bodies.

The ultimatum was issued at a meeting held by the Minister of Environment, Science and Technology, Mr. Akwasi Oppong-Fosu with officials of the EPA.

The meeting was held as a result of numerous concerns raised by communities in mining areas.

President John Mahama and his government have a strong policy on reclamation of degraded lands by miners and decontamination of water bodies as a result of pollution.

Ankobra, Offin and Pra are worse affected water bodies with pollution.

The minister directed the EPA to furnish him with a report after the December 15 deadline.

“Companies that will not comply with the directive will be sanctioned,” he warned.

Degradation of land and pollution of water bodies, especially by illegal miners have been a concern to both government and communities in mining areas.

Some mining companies have operated in the country for ages without treating water from their operational activities.

Such companies in no small way have polluted water thereby endangering the lives of people that use the polluted water.

source :  kwame Ntim