Zambia: Govt. agencies investigate 7 multi-national mining firms over pollution of major source of drinking water

Author: Paul Shalala, The Zambian Analyst (Zambia), Published on: 11 January 2017

"Zambia Investigates seven major mining firms for pollution", 10 Dec 2016

Zambia's environment watchdog has launched investigations on seven major multi-national mining firms following the polluting of Kafue river, the source of drinking water for the country's second largest city Kitwe. Four of the seven companies being investigated are Chinese owned. The largest mining investor in Zambia, Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) a subsidiary of London-listed Vedanta Resources PLC, Mopani Copper Mines a subsidiary of the Anglo-Swiss multi-national Glencore, Chinese owned NFC Africa Mining PLC, Chambeshi Metals, Chambeshi Copper Smelter, Sino Metals and Bollore Mining Limited are all under investigation...[ZEMA's Manager for the Northern Region of Zambia]...revealed that the institution wrote letters to all the seven multinational companies demanding that they hand over their test results from their respective discharge for the past 30 days but only four of them have complied. "So far, only KCM, NFC Africa Mining, Chambeshi Copper Smelter and Mopani Copper Mines have submitted their reports...Despite that, we will conduct our own investigation and catch the firm which polluted the water."...Zambia's water regulator the Water Resources Management Authority (WRMA) has also joined the probe...Of the seven being investigated, KCM has more allegations of pollution than the remaining six...

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Related companies: Bolloré Chambishi Metals China Nonferrous Metal Mining ENRC (part of Eurasian Resources Group) Glencore Konkola Copper Mines (joint venture Vedanta Resources, Zambia Copper Investments & ZCCM Investments) NFC Africa (part of China Nonferrous Metal Mining) Vedanta Resources Zambia Copper Investments