MAC: Mines and Communities

Comment by Adi Widyanto (JATAM)

Published by MAC on 2005-12-24

Comment by Adi Widyanto (JATAM)

Only a week after villagers took their appeal to the ofice of Environment Ministry, a team was sent to North Sulawesi to verify the activity of MSM. Following the recommendation of the verification team, the Minister of Environment issued a letter stating:

1. MSM EIA/AMDAL (EIA) document has expired since:

a. no activity has been undertaken by MSM during 3 years following issuance of the document

b. MSM plans to increase production by over 100% on its initial plan

2. MSM must re-arrange its EIA document in a way that public/local participation is accommodated

3. Prior to issuance of a new EIA document the Energy & Mineral Resources Mininstry must halt the operation of MSM.

4. It is the central government (Ministry of Env.) which is in charge of issuing an STD licence

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