SA mulls mine drainage solutions

first_imgThe government’s current strategy is to only begin the more expensive route of desalination in 2014. The partnership would treat polluted underground water at Grootvlei Mine and the Witwatersrand Basin, as well as develop and fund a long-term solution to tackling acid-mine drainage. De Lange said neutralisation, coupled with a private-public partnership, was a solution if the treated water could be sold to and used by mines and industries, rather than being channelled back into the river. Feasibility study In line with the findings of the inter-ministerial commission’s report, de Lange also cautioned that the government’s current approach to treating acid mine drainage by diluting polluted rivers with fresh water was problematic, as the high salt content could still kill a river even while bringing the problem of acid mine drainage under control. Enforcement of National Water Act Acid mine drainage contaminates groundwater and leads to increased seismic activity, among other things. Outside of the Witwatersrand, acid mine drainage has been reported from a number of other areas in South Africa as well, including coalfields in Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal and the Northern Cape’s Okiep copper district. In his presentation, Matji said his department’s idea was to fund the cleanup of acid-mine drainage through the enforcement of the National Water Act and other Acts and measures. Briefing Parliament’s committee on water affairs in Cape Town last week, the National Treasury’s director of public finance, Maselaganye Matji, said a private-public partnership could include the Departments of Mineral Resources and Water Affairs, adding that businesses, including mines, were interested in funding a long-term solution. South Africa’s National Treasury is looking at setting up a private-public partnership to tackle acid mine drainage, and is also considering implementing an environmental levy to fund the rehabilitation of affected groundwater. Such a tour would help officials to gain insight into how the US’s “super fund” tackles environmental management, while providing for an opportunity for South Africa to assess various technical resources in the US. The government has allocated a total of R553-million over the next three years to treat the acid mine drainage problem.center_img The various measures proposed include: an acid mine drainage levy on mines; a penalty for water sources levied on industries and water treatment works; a penalty for water pollution from non-point sources such as agriculture; fines on general environmental pollution and penalties levied on businesses and organisations for non-compliance at various levels. 27 June 2011 Matji said National Treasury had also recently met with the US Trade and Development Agency to discuss the possibly of the agency financing a study and tour of the USA by South African officials. The idea of an environmental levy and a management process to mitigate long-term effects of acid mine drainage was mooted in the inter-ministerial committee’s report on acid mine drainage, released in December last year. Matji said to date, private institutions had committed R78-million, the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) R5-million and the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) a further R10-million to tackle long-term acid mine drainage. The Department of Mineral Resources has allocated R328-million to combat acid mine drainage (which includes R200-million in transfers to the Council for Geo-Science and Mintek) and R225-million to the Department of Water Affairs. The idea was that whatever income was generated by the public-private partnership would be used to fund the necessary water and technical infrastructure, he said. The committee’s chairman, Johnny de Lange, welcomed the idea of a private-public partnership, but cautioned that it was necessary for the three departments, state-owned companies and the private sector, to work together to create an institutional arrangement that could award clear responsibilities to each partner. Clear responsibilities needed De Lange said a long-term strategy to tackle acid mine drainage is expected to be released next month after the conclusion of a feasibility study by the Department of Water Affairs on treating acid mine drainage. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Nitish Kumar hints at amending prohibition law

first_imgBihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Tuesday gave an indication of a possible amendment to the prohibition law to prevent its misuse, especially by government officials.“People in the government machinery are taking advantage of the provisions under prohibition law but they are under scanner…the poor and downtrodden who were earlier engaged in liquor business have been given alternative means of livelihood and are happy”, said Mr. Kumar while addressing a youth conference organized by JD(U) on the occasion of World Environment Day in Patna on Tuesday.Mr Kumar further said that he would keep reviewing every aspect of prohibition but “the matter of prohibition law is before Supreme Court now.”Earlier too, while introducing the prohibition law in April 2016, I had sought opinion and feedback from people and political parties too, Mr. Kumar said.“I’ve been regularly monitoring it as well…it has benefitted a large section of the society, especially the poor and downtrodden segment,” asserted Mr Kumar.Over 1 lakh arrested in two yearsAccording to the records, as many as 1,41,861 people have been arrested under the stringent prohibition law since April 2016 in the State. Over 8,000 are in jail.The police and excise department officials have conducted 7,62, 416 raids while 1,17, 283 cases have been lodged. Total 20.47 lakh litres of Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) and 9.25 lakh litres of country-made liquor have been seized.The stringent prohibition law has been under constant attack by opposition parties and a section of society but Mr Kumar said, “I’m willing to face all the criticism and consequences of my actions.”last_img read more

By WVUA 23 Reporter Ivy Ervin Tuscaloosa Al WVUA

first_imgBy WVUA 23 Reporter Ivy ErvinTuscaloosa, Al (WVUA)- Mr. Pig usually goes to the market, but for the past two years, Mr. Pig has gone to the Zone. The North Zone of Bryant-Denny Stadium.There was dancing, silent auctions, and a live band.The co-founder of Tuscaloosa and Northport’s Piggly Wiggly stores has been holding this event since 2011, and while the location has changed, the cause is still the same.The Piggly Wiggly’s cause is to raise money for the American Cancer Society.Jay Welborn, the co-founder of the Piggly Wiggly, has held this event in honor of his father, Jimmy Welborn, or better known as,Mr. Pig.“He never complained, never boasted that he was beating cancer, he just lived it everyday and wanted to prove that cancer was not a death sentence,” said Jay Welborn.Welborn said that his dad was known as Mr. Pig, and he always put his community first, which is why they named the event, “Mr. Pig Goes To The Zone.”The events have raised over $175,000 for cancer research and patients within the Tuscaloosa area over the past seven years, but they never imagined they would raise this much money.“When we started this we thought, hey, if we can raise a few thousand dollars and contribute to the cancer society, then it’s a big deal,” said Jay Welborn.And the guests who attended agree that they’ve done a great job and made a huge impact.“Oh, it makes a vast amount of a difference, every little bit that goes to American Cancer helps, research helps,” said Joann Taff, who attended the event.And even though the event only happens once a year, if you’d like to donate at any time, you can.You just have to mail your donation to 1100 Ireland Way, Suite 301, Birmingham, AL 35205, and make a note that says your donation is for the Mr. Pig Event.last_img read more