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UN panel knocks Dominican mine expansion

UN panel knocks Dominican mine expansion

A team of U.N. experts has come down against a proposed nickel mine expansion in the Dominican Republic.
The team from the U.N. Development Program evaluated environmental studies of the Loma Miranda project at the Dominican government's request.
U.N. representative Valerie Julliand says the team found the expansion of the nickel mine north of the capital could jeopardize wetlands, sources of drinking and agricultural water and wildlife. Julliand said in announcing the findings Thursday that the environmental mitigation proposed by Xstrata Nickel was insufficient.
The government hasn't responded to the report. It rejected a cement plant project in 2009 after a similarly negative review by the U.N.
Xstrata, based in Toronto, Canada, had no immediate comment.
The company is seeking the expansion to extend the life of its Falcondo mine.


Updated : 2021-07-24 14:01 GMT+08:00