Lafayette causes pollution during 30-day trial run

Publication - August 24, 2006
In April 2005, Lafayette started mining gold, silver, copper and zinc on Rapu Rapu island. The poor environmental safeguards resulted in spills of cyanide and other contaminants from the mine spilled into the sea and around the island, resulting in massive fish kills after heavy rains in October 2005. The mine stopped processing but in July this year (2006) a 30-day trial run commenced to see if the mine could operate without causing contamination.

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