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Court approves dumping waste at sea

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, April 4 2012   /  09:19 am

Golden view: An aerial view shows port facilities for the Batu Hijau copper and gold mine operated by PT Newmont Nusa Tenggara in Sumbawa, West Nusa Tenggara, on June 30, 2011. PT Newmont Nusa Tenggara is a unit of Newmont Mining Corp. Bloomberg/Dadang TriThe Jakarta State Administrative Court (PTUN) threw out a lawsuit on Tuesday filed by a coalition of environmental NGOs that was challenging the decision of the Environment Ministry to allow PT Newmont Nusa Tenggara (PT NNT) to dump more than 140,000 tons per day of its tailing on a pristine beach.

The coalition, led by the Indonesian Forum for the Environment (Walhi), filed a suit against the minister’s authority to issue such a permit by bypassing the power of the local governments.

Walhi said that Senunu Bay had become the world’s largest mining-tailings dump site, with more than 140,000 tons of waste being buried ...