Philex slapped with new fine

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Gold and copper producer Philex Mining Corp. has again been slapped with a fine by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), this time for the pollution inflicted on two bodies of water by the tailings spill at its Padcal mine in Benguet.

In a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange Thursday, Philex said it was served a copy of the order by the DENR’s Pollution Adjudication Board (PAB) directing the company to pay an initial amount of P92.9 million.

This latest fine is different from the P1.034 billion penalty earlier imposed on Philex by the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) for alleged violations of the Mining Act of 1995. The mining law imposes fines of P50 per metric ton of tailings discharged into areas other than the approved tailings disposal area.

The MGB based the fine on the total volume of the discharged tailings from tailings pond No. 3, which reached 20.7 million MT.

The new fine ordered by the DENR stems from the same tailings spill incident but was computed per day—based on the company’s alleged violations of Republic Act 9275, or the Clean Water Act—from Aug. 3 to Nov. 28.

On Aug. 1, 2012, mine sediments from the tailings pond No. 3 of Philex’s Padcal mine flowed into the Balog Creek and the Agno River which is connected to the San Roque Dam in Pangasinan.

The PAB said that as of Nov. 28, mine wastes and sediments were still present and had noticeably remained underneath and along the banks of the Balog Creek and Agno River.

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  • investor888

    It’s not true that the rehabilitation is the payment for the P 1B;  it is a separate penalty &  this is a new fine. With the inability to start-up operation for the past two qtrs., Philex has lost substantially in its rehabilitation cost plus penalty. Hardly, it will be difficult for the company to restart at this juncture with the big problem on tailing pond 3.  It would be prudent for the investor to wait for the go signal of MGB before accumulating shares otherwise it’s a gamble.

    • Pepe Alas

      MGB = Manny G. Bang̃ilinan

  • Lone Ranger

    If it is true that the P1billion fine that PX is supposed to pay will be used for the clean-up and rehabilitation of the Balog creek, then it is tantamount to not penalizing PX at all for the pollution that it has caused because the entire P1 billion is not enough to clean-up and dispose of 20 million tons of spilled tailings.

  • San

    Kaawa-awa naman ang ating  kalikasan.  Kapitalistang yumayaman sa expense ng ating kalikasan.

  • joboni96


    and better start collecting

    sangdamukal mang papel de kolekta
    wala namang papel de kuarta

  • boy

    only money the corruppt denr is after….how about illegal logging ,,pollution in the creels ny big companies,,smog in metro manila is ,,,denr has done nothing…fucking department

  • iping2sison

    DENR should also look into the pollution of creeks and rivers caused by various large housing projects. These housing projects including condominiums in Metro Manila have no waste-water treatment facilities, thus, waste water are dumped into creeks, rivers and the sewage system. Examples are the creeks and rivers in Cavite and Bulacan as well as the Pasig River.

    • Manuel C. Diaz

      The government itself is polluting the Manila Bay the NAWASA raw sewerage outfall is at the back of the Quirino grandstand in Luneta how come no pollution penalty is meted on NAWASA.AS I said the DENR is a vulture department. 

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