QUANG NAM (VNS) — Illegal mining has become a complex issue, especially the toxic chemicals utilised in the process, as they are a serious health hazard for the surrounding neighbourhood. Nguyen Van Tho, deputy director of the provincial department of environment and natural resources, said cyanide and mercury are among the toxic chemicals used by illegal diggers to filter gold, and they discharge it directly into the environment. “If this doesn’t stop, the residents’ quality of life will be severely affected,” Tho said. Regarding the illegal exploitation of the 365ha Bong Mieu gold mine, which was under the management of Bong Mieu Gold Mining Company, the provincial people’s committee had asked the company to tighten protection and inspections of the mines. However, the company failed to strictly comply with the province’s request as the area is very large and borders many districts with multiple entrances, making it difficult to protect and manage the mines efficiently. Tam Lanh Commune’s Police Chief Nguyen Van Thanh said that the company had not done anything to manage the situation and had refused to ask the local authority for support. They also failed to transfer the task of managing the mines to the province. As… Read full this story
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