27 Jun 2013

PNG to research impact of mine waste

3:23 pm on 27 June 2013

Papua New Guinea's Constitutional Law Reform Commission will begin an inquiry into mine waste tailings and its impact on the health of locals.

The Commission's secretary Dr Eric Kwa says the inquiry will put the spotlight on the PNG mining industry and its regulation of waste tailings as there is currently no framework in place.

Dr Kwa says it is basing its research on the impact that these mine waste tailings have on the health of the people in the surrounding project area, and also the environmental impacts.

He has told the Post Courier it wants to review the Environment Act 2000, the Mining Act 1992 and other legislation.

The working committee will next month visit the Porgera gold mine in Enga province, the Ok Tedi mine, the Ramu nickel mine, the Lihir gold mine and Hidden Valley in Morobe province.