Gorethy Kenneth | Post Courier | October 4, 2019
The final report on the Basamuk Bay chemical spill in Madang Province on August 23 will be released by the Environment and Conservation Minister Geoffery Kama, who is away overseas.
The PNG government put forward four recommendations which was detailed and discussed in a heated meeting between the Madang provincial government, Ramu Nico and the Conservation and Environment Protection Authority in Port Moresby yesterday.
Madang provincial administrator Joseph Kunda, represented the Madang team, met with the CEPA team and the Ramu mine executives in Port Moresby.
CEPA did an initial water quality assessment of the raw slurry spill impact area and released the report which would officially be handed to the minister for release in the coming Parliament session.
In the initial assessment, there were four recommendations:
- Detail investigations of the heavy metals in the slurry components within the Basamuk Bay;
- Shoreline/benthic sediments and fish tissue sampling and investigations to ascertain heavy metals in the sediments;
- Socio-economic investigation to establish local community perceptions on the spill, their fishing and usual micro-economic activities within Astrolabe Bay; and
- An independent investigation to be done forthwith to capture all residual impacts of the August 23 spill within the Basamuk Bay.
The Madang provincial administration team had travelled to meet with CEPA as a matter of urgency for the government to reveal what the cause of dead fish in Madang was, hence the ban on sale of fish.
But CEPA advised yesterday that there was still the need for an independent investigation. And a full final report to be released later.