Speaking to journalists shortly after the tour of the mine in question, the NEMC Director General, Dr Samuel Gwamaka said the company has failed to control poisonous substances in the waste water.
“We have halted the sterling storage facility and asked the company to control poisonous substances or build up a new facility which will control flow of water in a bid to protect environment and people’s health,” he said.
Dr Gwamaka who was accompanied by officers from Mineral Commission and National Chemist Office said NEMC would not go easy to any person who violates environmental laws.
“For example, experts took samples from the sterling storage facility in September last year and February, March, May and June this year whereby all the samples indicated poisonous contents,” he said.
On his part, a representative from the Government Chief Chemist Office, Boniventure Masambu lamented that all the samples taken have indicated the presence of poison.
“We are glad to see that our advice has been taken serious and implemented by the responsible authority,” he said adding that environment conservation is crucial to protecting people from health risks.
The Acacia Acting Manager, Reuben Ngusaro promised to work on the instructions in a bid to protect environment from chemicals flowing to sterling storage facility.
“We will work on the instructions because we care for environment and people’s health. We will rectify everything,” he said.