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Jakarta Post

Newmont banned from dumping into sea

  • Rangga D. Fadillah and Panca Nugraha

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta/Mataram   /   Thu, May 5 2011   /  10:12 am

The local government of West Sumbawa regency in West Nusa Tenggara province will no longer allow PT Newmont Nusa Tenggara (NNT) to dump its mine tailings into the sea after its permit to do so expires this month.

The local administration’s spokesman, Najamuddin Amy, said that the company’s activities had caused unrest among people and environmental activists in the regency.

He added that the people complained that the dumping of the company’s tailings into Senunu Bay waters not only damaged the environment but also could negatively impact the local people’s health.

He said the regency had a sent a letter to Environment Minister Gusti Muhammad Hatta asking him not to extend the permit.

“Through the letter, the government of West Sumbawa conveys its rejection of Newmont’s tailings in Senunu Bay waters,” he said as quoted by on Tue...