In a press release the mining company AngloGold Ashanti apologises to the local community affected by the pollution caused by its activities in Iduapriem, Ghana.
Recently, FIAN was alerted by local community members who alleged that the mining company was discharging raw waste water, including faecal matter, from the company’s residential housing directly into water streams that serve as freshwater sources for the surrounding communities. These streams also flow through fields and farmers drink from it while working on the fields. Samples of the effluents taken by FIAN and analysed by the Water Research Institute in Ghana (part of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research) showed that the effluents were not safe to be discharged into the environment as they were heavily contaminated with pathogenic bacteria. The media release of AngloGold Ashanti is a reaction on the media reports that followed the detailed presentation of these results.
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