Published by earthlife at November 3, 2009
Public participation process underway
Workshops are being held to inform the public of the government plans to clean up sites in the Wonderfonteinspruit Catchment Area that are contaminated by radioactive material from mining operations.
It is encouraging to see the government, the National Nuclear Regulator and representatives of mining companies engaging with civil society on this issue. However, it remains to be seen whether the clean up plans will extend to areas affected by heavy metal pollution and acid mine drainage and not be restricted to areas with radioactive material. In addition, for the plans to be effective, mining companies will have to commit to paying for the clean up efforts.
The next workshops will be held on 13 November in Carletonville, and 26 November in Potchefstroom. For more information contact Mariette Liefferink Federation for a Sustainable Environment e-mail: email@example.com
cell phone: 073 231 4893
The remediation action plan is a co-operative initiative by the Department of Water Affairs, the National Nuclear Regulator, the Federation for a Sustainable Environment, the Mining Interest Group and the Chamber of Mines.
For more information, please download following fact sheets (pdf):