August 19, 2016

Taninthayi govt takes tough stance on mining groups

The Minister for Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation for Taninthayi Region U Myint Maung said that mining organisations wishing to renew their mining licenses are required to seek approval from regional government.
Despite the Union government having direct control U Myint Maung stated that mining groups who are polluting have been ordered to seize their operations.
The Union government has control over mining activities. Yet U Myint Maung said that the, “Union government pays attention to agreements of regional government.”
“Mining enterprises who are polluting have been ordered to halt their activities until they’ve resolved pollution issues,” said U Myint Maung, again stating that the Union controls mining agreements.
The minister added that companies will have difficulty in procuring a required agreement from regional government for the extension of their licenses, should they be found not to be running their enterprises in compliance with laws and regulations. Mining permits will not be granted to newly founded companies of individuals already involved in the industry if they are believed to be circumventing legal procedures in the workplace.
He went on to say that current operations are being monitored and if a subsidiary of a polluting company request a license or a renewal they will be denied until they correct their practices, and that the Union Minister for Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation U Ohn Win has also expressed a strong stance on the matter.
“Groups are being monitored as to whether they are individuals who comply with mineral mine regulations or not, while no further permits will be granted to those found not to be following legal procedures,” said U Myint Maung.
The Dawei district Mining Scrutiny Committee was formed on 3 June to facilitate the monitoring of compliance with mining regulations within the mining industry, with the committee conducting field site inspections since its conception.
The committee closed the Heinda Mine operated by the Myanmar Manpupipet Company, and the Bawapin Mine, run by the Ashaytaing Company on 29 June. 10 large and medium-scale mines operating in the region with six other companies have submitted requests to begin operations.—Myitmakha News Agency


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