Gov conducts dialogue with CIP and Ball Mill plant operators
by Grace Almedilla
Compostela Valley (16 June) -- Governor Arturo T. Uy has ordered Carbon in Pulp (CIP) and Ball Mill operators in Mabini, Maco, and New Bataan municipalities to dismantle their gold ore processing plants in 60 to 90 days if these are not located within the Mineral Processing Zone of Compostela Valley.
Uy said the move aims to protect the people and the environment from the harmful effects of the waste and toxic chemicals coming from the gold ore processing plants passing through the rivers and canals.
"Such effort is in line with the national advocacy of the Environment Management Bureau (EMB). Secondly, that the operation of those carbon in pulp and ball mill operators shall be legalized through acquiring their respective Permit to Operate," he said.
The next move is for the Governor to make a dialogue with those mineral processing plant operators in some other municipalities with mining industry like Pantukan, Compostela, Maragusan, Mawab, and Monkayo.
Last year, a dialogue with the 45 operators of the gold ore mineral processing plants in Nabunturan was conducted. Presently, 16 operators in the capital town have already acquired a permit to operate while others are still processing for it. (ids comval) [top]