Gina Lopez to bare fate of 30 mining firms – by Dona Z. Pazzibugan (Philippine Daily Inquirer – January 30, 2017)

Environment Secretary Gina Lopez will announce on Thursday her final decision whether to close down 30 mining operations that failed their initial audit a few months ago.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) reviewed the audit results made known on Sept. 27, which “ordered suspended” 10 mining operations and “recommended for suspension” the operations of 20 others.

The audit team reportedly found that the mining operations violated the terms and conditions of their environmental compliance certificate (ECC), the DENR rules on mine safety and health standards, and implementing rules of the Philippine Mining Act of 1995.

DENR said out of the 41 operating metallic mines in the country, only 11 complied with environmental standards. DENR gave the erring mining companies the opportunity to explain why their operations should not be suspended.

Ordered suspended

The 10 mines that were ordered suspended belong to Benguet Corp. Nickel Mines Inc.; Berong Nickel Corp.; Citinickel Mines and Development Corp.; Claver Mineral Development Corp.; Emir Mineral Resources Corp.; Eramen Minerals Inc.;

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