CEPA Says Madang Waters Are ‘Safe’ – but warns against eating fish!

Elias Nanau | Post Courier | October 18,

The Conservation and Environment Protection Authority (CEPA) has
assured that the waters around the Basamuk area in Madang are safe
and free of toxic contamination.

CEPA officials gave the assurance yesterday following tests and
conclusion of water samples tested at the Australian Laboratory
Services in Brisbane.

Michael Wau, director for Environment Regulatory operations,
took the media through the findings yesterday. He said water
samples were obtained from the villages of Naglau, Duman, Domestic
Wharf and Drains 1 and 4 outlets.

Their average concentrations were below baseline concentrations
and met environment permit conditions, Mr Wau said. He said out of
the 200,000-litre slurry spill, 100,000 was contained within the
refinery while 80,000 spilled into the Basamuk Bay. The slurry
spill was said to have been caused by pump failure.

“Results of samples did not indicate major interference with
sea water composition apart from turbidity caused by outfall
material after heavy rains,” he said.

Environment and Conservation Minister Geoffrey Kama who joined
the presentation endorsed the statements by his officers. “I
think everything is back to normal,” he said.

“It’s not about the color, we want to detect the metals,”
has said whilst cautioning the local people not to consume any fish
caught in the area until further test were done to make the
findings conclusive.

“We are not here to support the company, we are not here to
tell lies,” Mr Kama said.
 He said CEPA would engage two
independent scientists to sample toxic contamination from fish and
this exercise would be completed within four weeks.

While the Madang Provincial Government-sponsored Swiss scientist
Dr Alex Mojon and his report appear to contradict CEPA’s report,
they told the media they were not able to critique or criticize the
report without the benefit of reading it.

Source: FS – Mining B.
CEPA Says Madang Waters Are ‘Safe’ – but warns against eating fish!

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