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Arroyo wants effective mine waste management system installed in all mining sites

Feb 8, 2017 @ 3:18
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In line to make the mining industry more people and environment friendly, Pampanga 2nd District Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo said a comprehensive and integrated mine waste management system should be put in place in mining sites.

“(This is) to eliminate offsite contamination, and leave remaining mine features in a condition that brings about the least environmental and financial risk, and the most potentially useful land use, to future users,” the lady politiko said in a statement February 8.

In all mining operations, Arroyo stated that companies should demonstrate that they have broad community support, and are able to provide tangible benefits that meet the needs of communities.

“Mining projects shall carry out effective stakeholder engagement that enables communities to play a meaningful role in mining-related decisions that affect their health, wellbeing, safety, livelihoods and futures, in order to achieve broad community support,” the Pampanga solon added.

“Environmental and social impacts of any mining project shall be evaluated in a comprehensive and integrated manner; Provided, That the concerns of stakeholders and affected communities shall be explicitly identified, addressed and incorporated into planning and decisions-making in order to anticipate, avoid, and when that is not possible, minimize and compensate for impacts on affected communities, workers and the environment,” Arroyo said.

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