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Ramu Nickel mine defends environment damage claim

 STAKEHOLDERS in the Ramu nickel/cobalt project have been assured that no significant environment incident has happened during the project’s commissioning period.
The Ramu NiCo management said it was closely implementing the operational environment management plan as required under the government plan.
The firm has engaged an independent consultant from Australia to conduct studies on marine life.
According to safety officer Steven Opur, the findings had been presented to the National Government and the Madang Provincial Government last year.
“Metal concentrations in near-shore fish muscle and liver tissue were generally consistent with values reported for the 2007 Baseline Survey, given the variability associated to this type of data,” he said
Opur said fauna survey around the impacted rivers and oxbow at the Kurumbukari mine are closely monitored as well to ensure no significant impacts are caused by the mine activities. 
To date, the results obtained revealed that the metal contents found were within the government issued standards.
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