KUALA LUMPUR – The government has decided to impose a three-month moratorium on all bauxite mining activities in Pahang beginning Jan 15, said Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar.
He said the decision was made at the Cabinet meeting today which outlined a few steps to be taken by the industry within the three months to resolve the pollution problem due to the mining activities.
Among the steps are the clearing of bauxite stockpiles, setting up of an integrated storage area and bauxite waste treatment system.
“Starting Jan 15, everything will stand still in Kuantan. No movement at all because we want the 11 stockpile holders to do mitigation in each stockpile and there must be washing bays. Likewise near the port, all stockpiles must be cleared because we do not want any dumping there that will flow into the sea.
“All the stockpiles will be moved to a place called the central stockpile. Only one stockpile centre will be built with drainage and
filtration systems and washing bay,” he told a special press conference on Pahang bauxite operations, here, today. – BERNAMA