Walkabout Resources’ Tanzania-based Lindi Jumbo graphite mine has passed an independent environmental audit by a registered environmental firm NAK – the first to take place since the commencement of construction activities.
Under the environmental approvals obtained for construction of the mine, Walkabout is required to undertake a yearly independent audit to demonstrate environmental compliance, particularly under Regulation 50 of the Environment Impact Assessment and Audit Regulations.
These regulations stipulate that a designated holder of an approved environmental-impact assessment (EIA) or initial environmental audit certificate must perform an assessment to determine that all practicable measures have been undertaken to implement their environment management plan.
NAK’s report states that Lindi Jumbo has demonstrated good environmental stewardship at the project area, which was evident both at a site and documentation level, with a majority of the listed criteria addressed and conformed to.
“Some of the most commendable achievements include a written health, safety and environmental policy, and EIA; good relationships with nearby villages; and environmental conservation by [reducing] deforestation,” the report states.
The report also states that Lindi Jumbo has proven its commitment to comply with its EIA of 2016, actioning its recommendations and commissioning yearly audits.
Following completion of the audit, Walkabout’s reconciliation measures include appointing an environmental officer at site, the segregation of solid waste at site and engaging a licensed hazardous waste collector.
Highlighted actions by NAK are currently being addressed by Lindi Jumbo’s management, says Walkabout.
SOURCE: MINING WEEKLY