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Malaysia extends ban on bauxite mining awaiting EIAs results

2019-03-15 16:43:54  【Print】
Bauxite miners in Malaysia are required to perform environmental impact assessments (EIAs) on their mines in order to get licences to resume operations.Asian Metal CopyrightBauxite miners in Malaysia are required to perform environmental impact assessments EIAs on their mines in order to get licences to resume operations.Asian Metal Copyright The country's current ban on bauxite mining will expire on March 31st.

According to the resources ministry of Malaysia, when the impact studies will commence has not been determined yet but each assessment would take at least half a year to finish. Before receiving licences to restart mining, mine operators shall meet strict requirements, some of which will be based on the results of the studies.

Resources minister Xavier Jayakumar stressed that the ban on bauxite mining and exports expiring on March 31st does not mean an immediate resumption of mining activities on the following day.

Malaysia was once the top supplier of bauxite to China, with the monthly exports peaking at nearly 3.5 million tonnes in late 2015.Asian Metal Copyright But the resumption of mining would be subject to tighter regulations including the types of truck used to transport the material.Asian Metal Copyright However, the mining of bauxite was fully banned from the beginning of 2016 as unregulated extraction and run-offs from unsecured stockpiles polluted water sources, turning roads, rivers and coastal waters red.

In February, Malaysian government said it would not extend its moratorium on bauxite mining which ends on March 31 due to strong demand for the material. But the resumption of mining would be subject to tighter regulations including the types of truck used to transport the material.Asian Metal Copyright The country's current ban on bauxite mining will expire on March 31st.Asian Metal Copyright In addition, miners will not be allowed to export unprocessed or unwashed bauxite.

.Asian Metal Copyright Malaysia was once the top supplier of bauxite to China, with the monthly exports peaking at nearly 3.Asian Metal Copyright