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Jakarta Post

Sand mining resume on Krakatau

  • Oyos Saroso H.N.

    The Jakarta Post

Bandarlampung   /   Thu, October 29 2009   /  01:13 pm

Sand quarrying on Mt. Anak Krakatau has resumed, with the operating company claiming it obtained a permit from South Lampung Regent Wendy Melfa. Jakarta-based PT Ascho Unggul Pratama was given the right to carry out sand mining on the active volcano by former South Lampung regent Zulkifli Hasan in May 2008. PT Ascho managing director Suharsono on Wednesday denied conducting a disaster mitigation project illegally. He said the company had received the permit in May 2008 during the administration of former South Lampung regent Zulkifli Anwar. The permit, he said, included a decree explicitly stating that PT Ascho could sell solid waste material, including sand and rocks from the area. "We are not carrying out mining activities, but disaster mitigation to minimize the impacts of Mt. Anak Krakatau potentially erupting. This is part of in-depth research by experts from th...