Malawi: Local NGOs accuse Paladin Energy of discharging uranium-contaminated sludge in Lake Malawi; company refutes allegations

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5 January 2015

Paladin Energy says its treatment facility meets "internationally recognised discharge standards"

Author: Paladin Energy

"Kayelekera-Response to Misleading NGO Statements"

Paladin Energy...is aware of media reports originating from Malawi implying that the Company’s Kayelekera Minehas begun discharging waste materials from KM into the local river system. These reports are sourced from local non-government organisations (NGOs) and individuals openly hostile to the Company and contain numerous blatant falsehoods and misleading statements, intended to cause alarm and distress in communities living in the vicinity of KM and the local river system…Paladin plans to commence the controlled release of surplus water into the local river system in early 2015 (during the monsoonal wet season) and has modified a section of the treatment plant at KM to allow treatment to meet Malawi and internationally recognised discharge standards, including the World Health Organisation drinking water guideline for uranium content.

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29 December 2014

Local NGOs accuse Paladin Energy of discharging uranium-contaminated sludge in Lake Malawi

Author: Malawi 24

"Paladin Accused of Discharging Uranium-Contaminated Sludge in Lake Malawi"

A coalition of Malawi civil society organisations (CSOs) has accused Paladin Energy Ltd, a company that is mining Uranium ore at Kayerekera in the northern district of Karonga over reports the mining company is secretly discharging into Lake Malawi uranium contaminated sludge from the tailings dam at the mining site. Renowned human rights activist, Rafiq Hajat shared a report compiled by a members of the Natural Resources Justice Network (NRJN) in which it is alleged paladin is discharging uranium sludge from Kayerekera into Lake Malawi. "A radius of 35 km from the Boma, you will be shocked to see fish of different species dead with some communities along the lakeshore collecting [the fish]. Collectiong as part of their relish. The cause not yet known. Reports from the Beach Village Chairman indicates that this started in late November but Government was not forth coming (sich)" reads part of the post.

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