Dem. Rep. of Congo: Officials investigate possible dumping of radioactive minerals - reportedly from Chinese company Magma-Lubumbashi

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8 November 2007

Radioactive Dumping Is Reported in Congo

Author: New York Times

Officials in Congo said Wednesday that they were investigating reports that 18 tons of highly radioactive minerals had been dumped into a river in Katanga Province, in the southeastern part of the country. The minerals, including 17 tons of copper ore with a level of radioactivity 50 times the country’s official tolerable limit...According to an initial report by the Likasi mayor’s office, the 17 tons of ore belonged to Magma-Lubumbashi, a Chinese company. A load of 1.4 tons of copper and cobalt earmarked for disposal belonged to Chemaf, a Congolese mining company, and Louis Kiyombo, a mineral broker based in Lubumbashi, Katanga’s capital.

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Author: AFP

Les autorités du Katanga vont ouvrir une enquête sur le déversement de...17,9 tonnes de minerais de cuivre très riches en uranium, dont la radioactivité est de 50 fois supérieure à la norme autorisée,...début novembre dans la rivière Mura... La majeure partie de ces minerais étaient enregistrés au nom de la société chinoise Magma et une petite quantité au nom de la compagnie indienne Chemaf et d'un négociant congolais... [Barthélemy Mumba Gama, ministre provincial des Mines, a expliqué,] "...Au contact de l'eau, les matières radioactives peuvent produire des gaz toxiques pour l'homme..."

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