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The National Institute of Mines (INAMI) says that the level of pollution at Vale’s mine in Moatize is within the limits established by law. The director of the institute gave the guarantee while speaking on the sidelines of a debate on mining licensing in Mozambique.
Multinational Vale’s ‘Moatize Dois’ mine was closed about two months ago following the protests of local people over environmental pollution, but the National Institute of Mines says that the levels of dust caused by coal mining are within the limits allowed by law.
Holders of mining licenses at the meeting complained of excessive bureaucracy and delay in the granting of licenses, but the National Institute of Mines says that operators who do not meet the requirements are usually to blame.
The National Institute of Mining said further that it had been withdrawing licenses from operators who ignored industry standards.
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