Water samples from mine taken for tests


Mara. Deputy environment minister Luhaga Mpina yesterday led a team of experts who took samples of water from Acacia North Mara Mine for tasting, in the wake of complaints that it contains toxic chemicals that have caused human and livestock deaths.

Mr Mpina and officials of the Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS), SGS and the National Environmental Management Council (NEMC) took samples of swamp waters at the Mine in Tarime District, Mara Region.

Two weeks ago, Mr Mpina issued a two-week ultimatum to the mine to first secure a permit before discharging water into Mara River and its surroundings.

He said there were still many complaints about safety of the water even as the Acacia management claimed they had permits for discharging treated water into River Mara.

There has been growing concern from nearby residents, environmentalists and politicians that the facility has been discharging wagter contaminated with toxic chemicals, a situation they claimed had caused the deaths of people and livestock.Many people have complained of being affected by water leaking from the mine’s Tailing Storage Facility (TSF).

Mr Mpina took the boxes containing the samples, apparently not trusting they would be safe in anyone else’s custody.


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