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The Zambian government said it will start charging mining firms polluting the environment following the strengthening of regulations, the Times of Zambia reported on Friday. Illegal mining involving Ghanaians and Chinese is ongoing at Obuasi
Minister of Mines, Energy and Water Development Christopher Yaluma said the government has strengthened regulation and monitoring to ensure that mining firms contributing to environmental degradation were punished.
“My ministry will be instituting measures which will make sure that any environment liability by the mining firms is settled before changing ownership of the company,” he was quoted as saying by the paper.
“We are much geared, whatever they degrade, they will be charged and make sure that they reinstate what they destroyed to avoid future challenges that have rocked former mining towns in the country,” he added.
The Zambian minister said the European Union (EU) recently gave Zambia funds to strengthen the ability of the ministry to monitor operations of the mines.
On Wednesday, the World Bank launched a report on mining in Zambia and environmental protection in which it has highlighted several issues such as the implication of mining on the environment.
The report has, among other things, recommended that mining firms should put in place incentives to mitigate environmental and health spillovers from mining. Enditem



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