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Phu Yen cracks down on illegal mining operations

Update: December, 14/2012 - 10:09

HCM CITY (VNS)— The central coastal province of Phu Yen has implemented several measures to prevent illegal mining of gold, granite and bazan stones in the province's mountainous districts.

In Song Hinh District, for example, illegal gold mining is occurring around the Phap Spring in Song Hinh Commune. Illegal miners have dug deep trenches to mine gold over an area of many hectares in the area.

Tran Thanh Dinh, deputy chairman of the district's People's Committee, said the province had cracked down on illegal mining and urged residents to not mine for gold.

But short-term benefits outweighed the miners' concerns about the impact on the environment and the danger that dug trenches could collapse or disintegrate.

In Son Hoa District, which is also mountainous, illegal mining of granite and bazan stones has occurred for a long time.

In an area between Suoi Bac and Son Ha communes, for instance, many hectares of land used to plant cash crops have been dug up for bazan stone mining.

The province has not given any licences to companies or individuals to mine stones in the area between Suoi Bac and Son Ha communes, according to the district's Natural Resources and Environment Bureau.

As of October 25, six companies have been granted licences to mine stones in Son Hoa. However, several of them have been illegally mining stones in banned areas, according to the bureau.

The provincial People's Committee has submitted to the Government for its approval a map depicting areas banned from mining activities.

The committee has also ordered departments and agencies, mining companies and individuals to enforce regulations related to mining and the use and export of minerals.

In addition, mining activities must use advanced and environmentally friendly technologies.

Next year, the province plans to strengthen State management of exploring, mining and processing as well as the use and export of minerals.

It will also strictly manage mining licences and strictly enforce regulations on illegal activities. —VNS

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