Romanian mine re-opens after environmental disaster

Wednesday, 14 June, 2000

An Australian company which part-owns a gold mine in Romania blamed for one of Europe¿s worst ever river pollution accidents says the mine has re-opened.

The company, Esmeralda, said operations at the Aurul project at Baia Mare had restarted after a range of new safety measures had been introduced since the accident in January.

Thousands of fish and other river life were killed when millions of litres of cyanide-tainted water spilled from the mine¿s dam into the Tisza and Danube rivers in Romania, Hungary and Serbia.

The head of the Hungarian parliamental environmental committee, Zoltan Illes, said the mine should be subjected to an independent study to confirm that it meets international safety standards. Mr Illes said Hungary still intended to seek compensation for the spillage through Romanian and Australian courts.

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