Paladin says Malawi tailings water doesn’t pose risk

Paladin Energy says discharging water from a tailings dam at its Kayelekera Uranium Mine into the North Rukuru River, a source of water for people in the Karonga District in the north of Malawi, poses no human or environmental hazards.

Paladin Africa boss Greg Walker:  No risk

Paladin Africa boss Greg Walker: No risk

All released water will be treated to meet local and internationally recognized standards, including World Health Organization drinking water guidelines for uranium content, the Perth, Australia-based company said in a statement published in the Daily Times newspaper.

“The process has been reviewed and agreed by relevant agencies of the Government of Malawi, which is imposing conditions regulating critical water quality parameters, including uranium, consistent with international guidelines,” according to the statement.

Civil society organizations, religious and traditional leaders published a statement last week claiming that the sludge contains heavy metals and other contaminants such as arsenic and chemical reagents used during the uranium milling process.

Paladin Energy plans to start discharging the water in early 2015.–Bloomberg

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13 thoughts on “Paladin says Malawi tailings water doesn’t pose risk”

  1. Tingo says:

    Hey PALADIN construct an international airport ; international refferral hospital ; international stadium and international recognised university in the northern region # Dont just Rob the people there of their resources and invest in your foreign country Otherwise just go back to your country !!

  2. Nyaliki says:

    This white man is lying. Do not listen to him. Uranium is very dangerous!

  3. shoes says:

    If the government is ready to recruit well trained people like me to carry out water treatment test, I am available to help

  4. Quota system says:

    Yet he drinks only bottled water from elsewhere. Stupid mzungu still colonizing us indirectly

  5. Luka says:

    in true sense, this water posse a great risk to people along the river and the whole environment, they should not lie to us, they can remove metals and other things but Chemicals they can not and this will cause many problems to us Malawians. Our leaders they just accept these kind of deals for their goodness not the goodness of majority. being honesty this statement was suppose to be made by Malawian Scientist and Minister of Energy and mining…… “””” MALAWIANS LETS JOIN HANDS FOR THE GOODNESS OF OUR COUNTRY””””””

  6. zowona says:

    just take the water to where u go with the uranium. or demonstrate by drinking the water with your families. soon we will start burning ur cars whereever we find them,

  7. Mlomwe Original says:

    honestly saying these Paladin crooks and and some selfish govt officials want to kill us.Uranium radiation is too dangerous.for sure this water is highlt contaminated.does IAEA know what Paladin want to do to our water?If we let them do that we will pay dearly.civil societies organisations where are you;Paja mumafuna kuyankhula zinthu zikaonongeka.This is the time,sensitise the pipo of malawi the dangers of allowing contaminated water into our rivers.Let Paladin do the clean up and go ,we as a nation we ve not benefited anything and in the they want tokills us.NO no way!we shouldnt be frauded bacause we are poor!!!!!
    who knows thd website of IAEA so that we can contact them if what Paladin wants to to is true???otherwise i say no. Ayi.i strongly disagree to that.

  8. kadamanja says:

    Walker , we are tired of you please go back to your country and leave us alone. We are not benefiting from this mining business of yours. Look at yourself, how FAT you are and look at a poor Malawian who owns the land that you are mining, skinny. Please your time is over, if you want war, lets do it. Sick and tired of you.

  9. Abiti Nambo says:

    IAEA should be invited to carry out tests if this water is safe. It sounds like profits at all costs.

    1. Peter Nkosi says:

      There is no need to go crying to foreigners to come to check the water being released. The equipment to check for radioactivity is simple, and surely to goodness we can find it here, along with the experts to use it.

  10. KING SOLOMONS WISDOM says:

    WHO IS THE RIGHT PERSON TO SPEAK,MR WALKER OR OUR SCIENTISTS AT MINISTRY OF MINES,CAMA,NATURAL RESOURCES.ENVIRONMENTAL?,IMEAN LET OUR SCIENTISTS TEL THE NATION AND I PREFER IT BE DONE IN PRINT MEDIA 4 RECORD PURPOSES .DOES CHANCO AND POLY PRODUCE SCIENTISTS?WHERE ARE THEY?

  11. chechipapwiche says:

    Am tied of these people

  12. Khuni says:

    These folks don’t drink this water. But we do. Karonga people take note!

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