Paladin rejects Malawi toxic waste accusation, warns lawsuit to NGOs

Uranium miner Paladin Energy has rejected allegations  by nongovernment organisations (NGOs) in Malawi that it is discharging toxic waste from its Kayelekera uranium mine into a local river system in the northern border district of Karonga.

Paladin Africa boss Greg Walker:   Paladin will pursue legal steps unlees  they NGOs stop dissemination of irresponsible and misleading fabrications

Paladin Africa boss Greg Walker: Paladin will pursue legal steps unlees they NGOs stop dissemination of irresponsible and misleading fabrications

The company said  on Monday that the accusations by the groups and individuals openly hostile to the company, contained “misleading statements” intended to cause alarm and distress to local communities in Malawi.

Paladin said it would pursue legal steps against the relevant NGOs if the  blatant falsehoods  around the company’s  water treatment plans continued.

“Paladin emphatically refutes these accusations and will pursue legal steps unless these perpetrators of gross misinformation cease their dissemination of irresponsible and misleading fabrications,” the company said.

The miner uses captured run-off water during the production and processing of uranium ore at Kayelekera. The water is then recycled.

Paladin said once water treatment and release started, Paladin would undertake constant environmental monitoring in the process, which would be monitored and regulated by the Malawi government to meet internationally-recognised discharge standards including the World Health Organisation’s drinking water guideline for uranium content.

“The controlled water release is necessary to avoid any possible unplanned and uncontrolled discharge of run-off water contained in storage ponds at Kayelekera during the period of care and maintenance,” the company said.

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concerned citizen
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Fellow Malawians, if only we had joined hands with Mr. Undule Mwakasungula who while Heading CHRR strongly fought amongst other things against the mining establishment of this dangerous mineral (uranium) emphasising that the waist was very toxic and difficult to handle.
Unfortunately, we (Malawians) thought he was blocking a viable investment. If only we had known!?

Agape Mgolomba
Guest

Considering the gross incompentence of our NGOs, I would not be surprised that these accusations were genuinely false.

concerned citizen
Guest

You’re dead wrong! The problem is that our country is full of myopic educated fools like you who are always bent at criticising anything the CSO do or say no matter how important it is for them. Paradin has just accepted and confirmed the leakage after pressures from the same CSOs you’re blindly condemning. Shame on you. Don’t be a puppet of yourself!

kukhala
Guest

WALKER=BIN LDDED . KILLING MALAWIANS SILENTLY. THIS COMPANY PLUS ITS MANAGEMENT ARE NUMBER ONE ENEMIES OF MALAWI.
THE MINE SHOULD BE CLOSED SINCE MALAWIANS NOT BENEFITTING BUT BEING POISONED FOR LIFE & GENERATIONS

Govt official
Guest

Ps Paladin is not emptying the tailings dam I wonder kuti anayambitsa bodza limeneli ndindani………

Govt official
Guest
kodi inu anzathu ophunzira, do you know there is a difference between radioactive waste as in spent fuel from nuclear power plants or other high grade radiation sources and wastes from Naturally Occurring Radioactive Materials? Management of the 2 can not be the same I can see most of you are treating these as and the same but they are not. and juat for your information government has capable personnel to monitor the whole process that’s why the technocrats recommended to the minister to give paladin the discharge license with all the necessary conditions and safe guards…. every industrial activity… Read more »
NYIKA BOY
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PALADIN MUST RECONISE AS WELL AS DISCLOSE DECOMISSIONING COST OBLIGATIONS.AGAIN I REPEAT MR WALKER MUST LEARN TO BE POLITE TO AFRICANS.MALAWIANS ,KNOW THAT CONTAMINATION IN KARONGA MEANS WHOLE LAKE IS AFFECTED.LHM

NYIKA BOY
Guest

AN EXAMPLE I GIVE IS COMPANY NAME OF MARATHON RESOURSES OF AUSTRALIA CAUGHT DUMPIN AND PUNISHD.ENERGY RESOURCES AUSTRALIA WAS FOUND GUILTY IN 2005 OF RADIOACTIVE DUMPING IN WATER.I URGE CSOs TO FOLLOW UP ON THIS SEEMINGLY ARROGANT WALKER.LET HIM NOT ESCAPE.THERE HAS TO BE DECOMISSIONING COSTS SET ASIDE AS AN OBLIGATION ON THE PART OF PALADIN.

KING SOLOMONS WISDOM
Guest

FACT IS URANIUM TAILINGS IS HIGHLY TOXIC.THATS WHY TAILING DAMS R CONSTRUCTED FOR SOLE PURPOSE OF RESTRICTING SPREAD OF THIS HAZARD.SO IF PALADIN THINKS OF RELEASIN DE STUFF INTO RIVER/LAKE THATS UNETHICAL AND CRIME.MINISTRY OF MINES MUST ENGAGE INDEPENDENT EXPARTS TO DO SOME DUE DILIGENCE.MINISTER OF MINES WAKE UP.

KING SOLOMONS WISDOM
Guest

THERE IS WHAT WE CALL .DELIBERATE MISCONDUCT.THE OFFENDER DOIN SO IN SECRET.THIS MUST BE INVESTIGATED.POSIBILITY IS SOMEONE MAY TAKE CONTAINERS AND DUMP INTO THE LAKE,OR USE A TANKER TO TRANSPORT FROM THE STORAGE AREA AND DUMP IN LAKE.PLS RESPONSIBLE OFFICIALS INVESTIGATE.FRANK JOMO STORY OF24/11/2014 IN DAILY TIMES MENTIONED THAT PALADIN HAD PLAN TO RELEASE THE SLUDGE EARLY2015 DESPITE PROTESTS FROM COMMUNITY .R THEY DOING SO SECRETELY? FINALY I ALSO PERSONALY WOULD LIKE TO WARN PALADIN BOSS TO HAVE RESPECT FOR AFRICANS.

Patriot
Guest

Nobody except 2 families benefited from this deadhole.
Kayelekera is a deadhole. Say NO to mining.
Kamuzu amalekeranji kutero nthawi imeneyo? He knew.

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