Ghana's Environmental Agency to sanction polluting mining companies for endangering lives and negatively affecting livelihoods

Author: William Yaw Owusu, SpyGhana, Published on: 9 December 2014

'EPA breathes hell fire on mining companies', 9 Dec 2014: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced plans to sanction mining companies that flout the country’s...laws on water...The EPA said most mining companies do not treat water that comes from their operational machines, which is leading to the pollution of water bodies...Minister of Environment, Science and Technology, Akwasi Oppong-Fosu...said the NDC government has a ‘strong’ policy on reclamation of degraded lands by miners and decontamination of water bodies. He said major rivers...are the worst polluted water bodies in the country. “Companies that...[do] not comply with the directive will be sanctioned,” he warned...Some mining companies have operated in the country for years without treating water from their operational activities. Such companies...have...endanger[ed] the lives of people that use the polluted water, as well as...[negatively impacted] their livelihood.

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