Malawi: Locals allege toxic water from Paladin Energy uranium mine's tailing dam contaminating water sources; company refutes allegations

Locals from an area where Paladin Energy' s tailing dam is located are allegedly preparing to vacate the area following claims that water from the dam has been released to the environment, risking human lives and the environment. We invited Palidin Energy to respond to the concerns raised.  In response they directed us to a letter they had made public stating that "that no tailings water has been released into the environment" at the mine.

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21 April 2016

Malawi: Locals claim waste from Paladin Energy's mine may contaminate local water sources

Author: Tiwonge Kumwenda, Nyasa Times (Malawi)

"Kayelekera uranium mine tailing dam flooded; Water contamination fears high"

The continuing heavy rains in Karonga have resulted in the flooding of Paladin's Kayerekela Uranium Mine tailing dams, a development that has sent shivers of apprehension among water users in the district. The dams empty into the Sere River which feeds into the Rukuru River and the Lake Malawi...Communities oppose discharge of treated waste water from Paladin's mothballed Kayelekera uranium mine into public rivers: Communities living along the northern part of Lake Malawi in Karonga district have launched a spirited campaign to stop Uranium Miner Paladin Africa Limited from dumping 'toxic' waste into Lake Malawi. They say the move will put people’s lives at risk and damage the environment.

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Company response
21 April 2016

Paladin refutes claims that toxic water polluting the environment & endangering lives

Author: Paladin Energy

"Clarification of Incorrect Media/Blog Reports Concerning Water Discharge At Kayelekera Mine"

Paladin Energy…notes media / blog reports indicating water from a tailings facility at Kayelekera Mine in Malawi has released into the environment. Such reports are untrue. The Company assures stakeholders that no tailings water has been released into the environment at Kayelekera Mine. A series of major storm events over large areas of northern Malawi in early to mid-February and in early April delivered intense rainfall to the Kayelekera Mine and the region generally. Rainfall runoff from these rains resulted in overflow and environmental release of some clean water from a rainfall runoff water catchment pond at Kayelekera Mine site early last week in accordance with the Environmental Impact Assessment and Environmental Management Plan.

 Water inventory in the Kayelekera Mine tailings storage facility increased due to the heavy rainfall events. However, the freeboard levels remain within the approved operating design criteria and this facility continues to be actively monitored and managed.

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