EPA Provides Updates on MNG Gold Mine Incident

first_imgMr. Goll addresses the media at EPA head office in SinkorA crisis management team (CMT) set up by the government to investigate the recent chemical spill incident that affected 34 persons at the MNG Gold Mines in Kokoya, Bong County, is making efforts not just to unveil what might have gone wrong, but also institute stringent measures that would ensure that such an unfortunate incident doesn’t happen again.It may be recalled that there was a chemical spill when a section of the geo-membrane of the Tailing Storage Facility (TSF) ruptured at the MNG Gold facility, affecting the victims who were taken to Phebe Hospital in Suakoko for immediate medical examination. The situation has since been greeted with angry reactions across the country—and the government, through the CMT, has since taken steps to remedy it.The rupture resulted in an uncontrolled discharge of ‘slurry’ containing a high concentration of cyanide into the Sein Creek and the surrounding environment.At a press conference on Tuesday, the CMT, led by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), availed its findings by technicians who visited the site from October 5-7.EPA Deputy Executive Director Urias Goll, who addressed the press conference, said: “No free cyanide (a deadly chemical used to extract gold) was detected in the nearby Sein Creek which had a concentration level of 0.310ppm during the first trip.”All six hand pumps in the community, Mr. Goll said, were assessed but found no cyanide concentration, thus no impact on groundwater at the moment.Compared to the previous assessment, Mr. Goll noted that the free cyanide levels have decreased by 44 percent from 0.966ppm to 0.540ppm within the TSF. “It can be accepted considering the limit is 50mg/L in TSF according to International Cyanide Management Code,” he said.As a temporary measure to remedy the crisis, the EPA and CMT have authorized MNG to take some immediate actions. One of these is for the company to de-water the TSF that holds about 300,000 cubic meters of water under strict compliance with IFC standards and the Water Quality Guidelines of Liberia.“A third party has been hired to conduct compliance testing and monitoring during the de-watering process. This de-watering process is intended to access the full damage of the TSF in order to ensure comprehensive rehabilitation and repair,” Goll noted.MNG will construct a mini-dam (TSF) as an interim measure to continue its operations while the current TSF is being adequately repaired. However, the mini-dam is already part of the expansion plan developed by MNG.The CMT also indicated that out of the 34 persons hospitalized at Phebe Hospital, only 6 have required further examination and the rest have been discharged without any complication. “We have not received the latest medical report from the 6 persons but will inform the public once the doctor submits the details of the examination,” he indicated.MNG has provided food items (300 bags of rice, 4 cartons of chicken, 3 cartons of beef) and 4 poly tanks to supply clean and safe drinking water to the community for the month of October.MNG–Gold is a Turkish Mining company working in several parts of Kokoyah District in Bong County. The company took over from the American-Liberian Mining Company (Amlib) in 2013 following a mutual agreement between the two companies.The government, immediately upon the occurrence of the incident, organized the CMT, which has been working with MNG Gold and the community to amicably remedy the situation.The CMT is also responsible to ensure that the impact of the disaster does not leave any side effects, long or short-term, on the affected communities, especially their sources of water. The CMT also wants to ensure that such a situation does not happen again.The CMT will again visit the site on October 19 to continue its investigation. MMG-Gold suspended its operations since the incident on September 23.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Do you want to find the perfect employee?

first_imgWith the economy picking up, more and more companies across Donegal are advertising for positions for new employees.And more and more companies are realising that the older methods of trying to find the perfect employee have changed a lot since the last jobs boom.Donegal Daily is now being contacted on a daily basis by companies across the North-West trying to find the most suitable candidates for positions they have. And the good news is that we are finding them.Company after company have told us how satisfied they are that their job advertisements are successfully attracting large numbers of applications and most importantly – the right candidates.The majority of people looking for employment, be that a deli counter worker, hairdresser, construction worker, crane driver or IT specialist, have their ready-made CV compiled and ready to be emailed to prospective employers.With a simple link-in on their advertisement, employers and future employees can be introduced to eachother via a Donegal Daily job advertisement. And with an average of 50,000 readers each day, with more than 300,000 users each month and that’s a lot of prospective employees!But why believe us? Here is a report from just one of many testimonies from a satisfied local employer.The Donegal Lottie!Ian Harkin, CEO of Lottie Dolls“We placed an advert with Donegal Daily in December 2016 for 4 different job roles and had over 80 CV’s sent to us within a week. The roles varied in skill levels and experience from finance manager to customer service, we managed to fill all of the roles from the CV’s submitted within two weeks. Around 10 or so of the CV’s were from people living in Dublin who are looking to return to raise their families in Donegal. Donegal Daily has that advantage of reaching out to people who may not be living in the locality but either they themselves view the role or their family members are pointing it out to them opening the door for their return to the county. On a daily basis it has more eyes on their site than all the others put together making it the stand out choice in the county for job adverts.” – Ian Harkin, Manager Director of Arklu, makers of Lottie Dolls, Letterkenny.Kelsius Kelsius executive chairman Eamonn Quinn with Ray Bowe, head of food safety at SuperValu and Centra.Pic northwestnewspix“Kelsius have used Donegal Daily on 7 occasions throughout 2015 to advertise various job vacancies. We have been more than delighted with quality of candidates this has produced. Each advert generated a large amount of CV submissions, allowing us to consider a great amount of excellent prospective employees. The readership and target audience provided by advertising with Donegal Daily is extensive and diverse ensuring a varied range of characters and personalities to select from. The roles varied in skill levels and experience from I.T Support and Customer Support to Cost Accountant and PHP Developer but our ability to fill the position with the suitable candidate remained the same, thanks to the reach of Donegal Daily. We were able to fill all seven positions on a budget that wouldn’t have covered one advert on any of the national job websites. We would definitely recommend using Donegal Daily for job advisements in the future as we most certainly will be.’’ – Ciaran Gallagher, Marketing Executive, Kelsius, Falcarragh.Cherrymore Kitchens“I would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Donegal Daily as a way of recruiting staff to another company or organisation. I use Donegal Daily on numerous occasions to advertise jobs and the main reason for this is their ability to reach a wide range of people through their website and Facebook page at an affordable price. I found by advertising with them we received a lot of applications for each job and have had many successful candidates through this method.” – Ross Doherty, Cherrymore Kitchens, Ballybofey.If you have a position and wish to find a suitable pool of suitable employees, simply email info@doneagldaily.com for further details or call John on 0871641169 Do you want to find the perfect employee? was last modified: February 13th, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegaljobsVacancieslast_img read more