DENR to submit mining audit report to PRRD
The Mining Industry Coordinating Council (MICC) already adopted the report of its Technical Review Teams, which undertook an objective fact-finding and science-based review of the performance of 26 mining companies which were issued with suspension and cancellation orders by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in 2017.
The fact-finding report will then be submitted by the DENR to the President, including the actions taken on the mining companies that were ordered suspended and cancelled.
The review covered 19 nickel mines, three gold, and gold and copper mines, three chromite mines and two magnetite/iron mines.
It assessed the mining companies’ practices in terms of (1) legal, (2) technical, (3) environmental, (4) social and (5) economic aspects.
The review measured the companies’ practices as acceptable (3.0), minor corrections needed (2.0), major reforms needed (1.0) and not acceptable (0).
Upon adoption of the Report, it is now the challenging task of the DENR to determine the actions on the Motion for Reconsideration filed by 13 mining companies on the suspension and cancellation orders slapped against them.
“We will definitely use the comprehensive report made by the MICC Review Teams in evaluating whether or not a mining company should continue to operate. However, I am inclined to put more premium on the environmental considerations in the mining operations,” DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu said.
“Mining companies need to shape up. The Review specified major reforms needed, for example, on inadequate mine tailings pond and the very slow rehabilitation of the disturbed mined areas. The Review also pointed out unacceptable practices regarding stockpile areas, location of Tailings Storage Facilities (TSF) and dumping of toxic and hazardous waste. They have to address all of these issues or they will be closed,” he added.