Philex cleared to resume Padcal mining operations

Posted at 06/18/14 2:29 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Philex Mining Corp. can now resume operations at its Padcal mine in Tuba, Benguet.

This after the Pollution Adjudication Board formally lifted the cease-and-desist order it issued on Philex Mining after it fulfilled its environmental obligation with government agencies.

"Wherefore, the undersigned hereby issues a Formal Lifting Order in favor of the respondent," the PAB said in a June 9 decision, which was received by Padcal mine on Wednesday.

The PAB noted Philex Mining's compliance to the urgent remediation measures at its Padcal's Tailings Storage Facility No. 3 (TSF3).

The company's main mining site in Padcal suffered a spill of mine waste or "tailings" in August 2012 after the area was hit by two powerful typhoons. Philex voluntarily suspended operations, resuming production only starting March 8, 2013.

Philex Mining SVP for corporate affairs Michael Toledo said the company will continue with various forestation and reforestation activities and rehabilitation of TSF3, including the completion of an open spillway, at Padcal.

Philex has already paid a P188.6 million fine to the PAB in relation to Republic Act 9275 or the Clean Water Act, and a P1.034 billion to the Mines and Geosciences Bureau on February 18, 2013 as penalty over the accidental discharge of sediment.