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Activists denounce dumping of mine tailings in water off Central Sulawesi

  • A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil
    A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Fri, March 6, 2020   /  03:51 pm
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Two workers at the Matabe gold mine in South Tapanuli, North Sumatra, use a soil measurement tool at the mine’s tailings storage site. (JP/Apriadi Gunawan)

Environmental activists are furious about a plan by several mining companies in North Maluku and Central Sulawesi to dispose of their tailing waste in the sea nearby, saying it could pollute the environment and put local fisherfolk at risk. Documents obtained by the Mining Advocacy Network (Jatam) show four companies are currently applying for permits for the deep sea tailing disposal, namely PT Trimegah Bangun Persada, operating on Obi Island, South Halmahera regency, North Maluku, and PT QMB New Energy Material, PT Sulawesi Cahaya Mineral and PT Huayue Nickel Cobalt, all three operating in Morowali regency, Central Sulawesi province. PT Trimegah has obtained a location permit from the North Maluku governor, according to a decree dated July 2, 2019. The company is a subsidiary of PT Harita Jayaraya, part of the Harita Group. Meanwhile, PT Sulawesi Cahaya Mineral is a part ...