El Parlamento Europeo insiste en prohibir el uso de cianuro en minería

The European Parliament insists on a cyanide ban in mining

El Parlamento Europeo ha votado claramente a favor de una prohibición del uso de cianuro en minería en Europa. Es una victoria para los miembros de Sí a la Vida No a la Minería YLNM  de la campaña BangBan Cyanide. La campaña sigue adelante.

Tras una clara votación con 566 votos a favor y 8 en contra, el Parlamento Europeo ha reiterado su llamamiento a la Comisión Europea a prohibir lo antes posible el uso de cianuro en minería dentro de las fronteras de la Unión Europea.

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El Parlamento Europeo emitió el 27 de abril una resolución [1] sobre la implementación de la Directiva de Residuos Mineros (2006/21/EC). Esta regula el manejo de los residuos de las industrias extractivas e inicialmente se adoptó hace siete años, como consecuencia del trágico accidente con cianuro en una mina de oro en Baia Mare/Rumanía en el año 2000.

La Directiva de Residuos Mineros y su adopción por parte de los Estados Miembro ha sido sujeto de una revisión llevada a cabo por el Comité de Medio Ambiente del Parlamento Europeo [1]. Entre otras conclusiones, el informe del Comité concluye que la implementación práctica de las disposiciones de la directiva es problemática. Como cuestión importante, destaca que existen problemas prácticos reales con los planes de emergencia (en instalaciones de la Categoría A), así como con los permisos e inspecciones (en todos los tipos de instalaciones, incluidos los de Categoría A). Estos dos ejemplos son sumamente relevantes ya que la falta de su aplicación incrementa drásticamente el riesgo de las actividades mineras sobre la salud humana y ambiental.

La resolución adoptada por el Parlamento Europeo el 27 de abril destaca además la necesidad de reducir el uso de materias primas y de promover en su lugar el reciclaje y reutilización en vistas a una transición de la Unión Europea hacia la economía circular.

La directiva de residuos mineros surge como consecuencia del accidente de Baia Mare. La rotunda votación en el Parlamento Europeo confirma que la directiva es peligrosamente ineficiente. En todo caso, ha sido la pura suerte y no medidas adecuadas de seguridad lo que ha evitado que sucedan nuevos accidentes”, dice Roxana Pencea-Bradatan de la coalición BangBan Cyanide.

Al haber rechazado previamente la prohibición del uso de cianuro en minería, la Comisión Europea apuntó a la Directiva de Residuos Mineros; arguyendo que sería el instrumento con el que prevenir accidentes. El informe en el que se basa la reciente votación en el Parlamento Europeo confirma de forma concluyente que esta directiva no es efectiva a este respecto. No existen más excusas para no actuar. Prohibir el uso de cianuro en minería no sólo es una respuesta responsable, sino también un deber a la luz de la demanda reiterada desde el Parlamento Europeo”, concluye Stephanie Roth de la campaña Save Rosia Montana!

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[1] Resolución del Parlamento Europeo de 27 Abril 2017 sobre la implementación de la Directiva de Residuos Mineros (2006/21/EC) http://bit.ly/2pEBXvc y el resultado de la votación (A8-0071/2017) http://bit.ly/2pCZcGP

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The EU Parliament has voted resoundingly in favour of a ban on cyanide use in mining within Europe. This is a victory for YLNM members the BangBan Cyanide campaign, but the campaign continues.

In a strong vote with 566 in favor and 8 against the European Parliament has reiterated its call to the European Commission to ban the use of cyanide-based mining in the European Union as soon as possible.

Ban toxic cyanide!

The European Parliament yesterday voted a resolution [1] on the implementation of the Mining Waste Directive (2006/21/EC). It regulates waste management in the extractive industries and was initially adopted seven years ago, in consequence of the tragic cyanide accident at a gold mining processing site in Baia Mare/Romania in 2000.

The Mining Waste Directive and the way it is implemented by Member States has been the subject of a review carried out by the European Parliament’s environmental committee [1]. Amongst others, it concluded that the practical implementation of the directive’s provisions is problematic.  Importantly, there exist real practical problems with emergency plans (for Category A facilities), as well as with permits and inspections (for all types of facilities, including Category A ones). These two examples alone are extremely relevant since their non-application dramatically increases the risk of mining related activities to human and environmental health.

The resolution adopted by Parliament on 27 April 2017 also highlights the need to reduce the use of primary resources and to instead promote re-use and recycling in view of the EU’s transition to a circular economy.

The mining waste directive came in consequence of the Baia Mare accident. Yesterday’s powerful vote is a confirmation that the directive is dangerously inefficient. If anything, it has been sheer luck rather than adequate safety measures that prevented new accidents. Human and environmental health however, shouldn’t be subjected to luck or chance and that’s why the European Parliament yesterday called on the Commission for a complete ban on the use of cyanide mining technologies in the European Union as soon as possible,” says Roxana Pencea-Bradatan from the BangBan Cyanide coalition.

When refusing to ban cyanide-based mining previously, the European Commission pointed to the mining waste directive; arguing that it will prevent accidents. The report at the base of yesterday’s vote in the European Parliament once and for all confirms that this directive has been ineffective in this respect. There exist no more excuses not to act. Banning cyanide in mining is not only a responsible answer but also a duty in light of the European Parliament’s repeated demand,” concludes Stephanie Roth from the Save Rosia Montana! campaign.

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[1] European Parliament resolution of 27 April 2017 on the implementation of the Mining Waste Directive (2006/21/EC) http://bit.ly/2oSEm27 and yesterday’s voting result (A8-0071/2017) http://bit.ly/2pCZcGP

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