Santo Domingo.- Energy and Mines minister Antonio Isa onMonday said all need studies have been done to start draining the Mejita toxic waste dam near Cotui (central), calling it "a major step” to eliminate the environmental risk.
He said the project start is at the level of details, but affirmed that he already has the necessary resources.
The dam holds the toxic sediments since the Rosario Dominicana mining company, now operated by Barrick Pueblo Viejo.
He said the ministries of Energy and Mines and the Environment, the canals and dams agency (INDRHI) and Barrick Pueblo Viejo collaborated in the technical study.
Isa said president Danilo Medina administration has implemented mechanisms to monitor mining activities after the concession agreement with Barrick Pueblo Viejo was renegotiated to increase revenue.
"The country has made progress, there is permanent work by Internal Taxes, Customs, the Ministry itself, because we have a mining supervision protocol," the official said, interviewed on Matinal channel 5.