Environmental inspectors have reportedly ordered Linden’s bauxite company to close operations after discovering that its tailings discharge has caused turbidity in the Kara Kara Creek.
According to the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is currently monitoring the tailings and pond discharge of Bosai Minerals Group Guyana Incorporated (BMGGI) in Linden which has seen increases, reportedly by heavy rainfall last Thursday.
According to the Ministry in its release yesterday, while the dam remains intact, the management of Bosai Minerals Group Guyana Incorporated has since diverted the normal discharge course over a longer area to allow for natural filtration before reaching where it is normally allowed to discharge to settle before entering Kara Kara Creek.
This measure has resulted in the Kara Kara Creek showing signs of turbid tailings flow.
“As such, the Environmental Protection Agency has recommended that Bosai Minerals Group Guyana Incorporated cease discharge from its wash plant until the measures which include completing the diversion path, building a dyke, and strengthen the overflow before restarting discharge.”
Meanwhile, the Ministry said it will continue to work closely with the management of Bosai to monitor the situation and to assess the measures in place before it can allow the restart of discharge.
Bosai started operations in 2007, taking over the Linden bauxite operations which had been closed for a number of years.
The bauxite operations, once the biggest employers in that Region 10 area, have several hundred employees.
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