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IBRAHIM MAHAMA IN ‘ILLEGAL’ BAUXITE WORK - EPA declares

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Ibrahim Mahama’s company, Exton Cubic Group Limited, has been dealt another blow with regards to the Nyinahin bauxite concession, after the Environmental Protection Agency declared its operations ‘illegal’.

Ibrahim Mahama’s company, Exton Cubic Group Limited, has been dealt another blow with regards to the Nyinahin bauxite concession, after the Environmental Protection Agency declared its operations ‘illegal’.

 

This comes after the Ashanti Regional Minister, Simon Osei-Mensah, seized the heavy equipment belonging to Engineers and Planners because the company did not have any permit to operate on the concession.

According to a statement signed by the Executive Director of EPA, Peter Abum Sarkodie, though the Exton Cubic applied for a permit to undertake the prospecting of bauxite in the area, it failed to comply with EPA regulations, thus rendering the permits “null and void”.

The statement added, “the bottom line is that Exton Cubic Group limited has not obtained the required EPA permit under its mining lease and therefore, any attempt to enter the area for mining is illegal.”

Exton Cubic Group Limited, according to EPA, applied for three separate Environmental Permits from the agency to undertake prospecting of bauxite on three of its concessions, namely Mprasaso, Kiriyaso, and Kyekyewere, all in the Ashanti region covering a total of 346.08 km sq.

The EPA said it granted the Environmental Permits to Exton Cubic Group Limited on June 7, 2016, with the conditions to them to notify the agency as soon as prospecting activities commenced.

In addition, EPA said, Exton Cubic Group Limited was to “submit within three months from the date of issuance of the Environmental Permit a liability estimate of environmental degradation to enable the posting of the Reclamation Bond in line with Regulation 23 of the Environmental Assessment Regulation 1999 (LI 1652).”

However, the Executive Director, in the statement said Exton Cubic “unfortunately reneged on all these conditions, making the prospecting permits “no longer valid.”

The statement further disclosed that Exton Cubic Group Limited had subsequently acquired a Mining Lease on December 29, 2016 from the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources which required a new EPA permit which had not been granted by the EPA.

The EPA explained that discussions held with the company and its consultants indicated that there was the need for some documents to support their application for the EPA permit under its Mining lease.

The statement mentioned the “submission to EPA of a “No objection” letter from Cabinet; Completion and submission of statutory environmental assessment form (EA2); and Notification from the EPA to the company to conduct the Environmental Impact Assessment which would have led to a broader public consultation and ‘public hearings’ within the relevant catchment communities in line with Regulation 17 of the Environmental Assessment regulations, 1999 (LI 1652).”

According to the EPA, it observed that the company had failed to comply with the above-stated conditions as at the time it issued the press release, thereby rendering all environmental permits null and void,

“Again, the EPA wishes to state that any mining activity to be conducted by the Exton Cubic Group Limited within the concession areas, of which Environmental Permit is being sought is not consistent with the Environmental Assessment Procedures of the EPA, LI1652 and is therefore illegal,” the statement said.

Meanwhile, Exton Cubic Group Limited is scheduled to hold a press conference at the Press Centre in Accra, today, to address issues concerning the company’s bauxite concession in Nyinahin.

 

 

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