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Bea Mountain Differs With EPA’s ‘Water Pollution’ Findings

The Bea Mountain Mining Corporation (BMMC) says it categorically rejects and disagrees with the findings and claims being made by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

“Our disagreement is further supported by the fact that the EPA itself has called for further investigations and the EPA’s opinion that its test results for Cyanide are far below what is required to cause fatality,” the company stressed.

Recently, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in its preliminary report into the pollution of Marvoe Creek and the Mafa River in Grand Cape Mount County confirmed that there were deaths to aquatic species including fish, crabs, crawfish, and other fauna inhabitants; and these fatalities were caused by asphyxiation – deprivation of oxygen needed to sustain life underwater.

The EPA Added that the analysis results showed a higher than the permissible level of free cyanide with source from the Bea Mountain Mining Corporation tiling storage facility resulting in a corresponding reduction in dissolved oxygen level.

EPA boss Wilson K. Tarpeh

But the Company said the press release issued by the EPA relative to the recent sighting of dead fish in the Marvoe Creek are inconclusive and filled with analytical gaps as the degree and extent of testing conducted so far.

“We are confident and particularly reaffirm our position of being in no breach of any required scientific standards. We note that the EPA has found no evidence of damage to or any spill or irregular discharge from the TSF,” the company said.

The BMMC said in fact, its TSF is routinely monitored in accordance with international standards by an independent and internationally accredited design company.

BMMC therefore welcomes the Agency’s decision to expand the testing by inviting the participation of competent independent third-party entities and fully commits to remain cooperative of this effort to establish the facts.

Meanwhile, as a responsible corporate citizen, BMMC assured that it will continue to support the well-being of its host communities by providing alternative sources of protein and water until all doubts are clear by a conclusive investigation into these allegations.

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