Tanzania fines Acacia Mining for breaching environmental regulations
The National Environment Management Council finds a hazardous substance at North Mara mine, which the producer denies knowing about
Bengaluru — Acacia Mining said on Thursday the Tanzanian government has fined the miner 300-million Tanzanian shillings ($129,143), two days after a new mining minister was appointed, over allegations of breaching environmental regulations at its North Mara mine.
Acacia said it has been asked verbally to build a new tailings storage facility (TSF), a structure for storing uneconomical ore, but had not yet received any written notice from the government.
“Acacia expects that a new TSF is likely to be an economically viable alternative to further expansions of the existing TSF at the mine,” the company said.
The company’s North Mara mine, where operations remain unaffected, received an Environmental Protection Order (EPO).
Though the National Environment Management Council found discharges of a hazardous substance at the mine, the company said it was unaware of it and was awaiting a detailed report.
Acacia is in the middle of a prolonged spat with the government over a $190bn tax bill, which has severely limited the London-listed company’s operations in the East African nation.
The Barrick Gold-owned company has been accused of tax evasion by the government, which charged three of its local subsidiaries, an employee and a former staffer with money laundering and tax evasion in 2018.