Dar es Salaam — Acacia Mining has until March 30 to stop waste-water pollution at its North Mara gold mine in Tanzania or the facility will be shut down, the country’s mining minister said on Friday. Doto Biteko, appointed minister in January with orders to be “strict” on managing Tanzania’s mineral wealth, said Acacia must stop contaminated water seeping from a waste storage dam at the mine to nearby communities in the country’s north. “We have given them until March 30 to fix this problem or face closure without notice. The life of even one Tanzanian is worth more than their gold mining activities,” Biteko told Reuters. Acacia Mining Tanzania said it had no immediate comment. North Mara is Acacia’s largest mine, producing 336,055 ounces of gold last year, comprising 65% of the company’s output, Acacia said in its annual report. Biteko said that after inspecting the mine that toxic water from waste rock at North Mara’s tailings storage facility was being discharged into the environ...

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