Published by eljhbadmin at February 2, 2010
The government invited public comment on its ‘Remediation Action Plan for the Wonderfonteinspruit Catchment Area’. This is its plan to clean up certain areas that are polluted with radioactive material from mining operations.
Key points in the submission made by Earthlife Africa Johannesburg’s (ELA Jhb) Acid Mine Drainage Working Group include:
Download a copy of the ELA Jhb submission: Wonderfontein RAP ELA Jhb submission
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 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. (Period for public comment ended on 29 January 2010). For a copy of the plan see: http://www.dwa.gov.za