EPA rings alarm after discovering cyanide-polluted 'galamsey' river

EPA rings alarm after discovering cyanide-polluted 'galamsey' river

- EPA officials have stated that some water bodies in the Western Region have been polluted with toxic cyanide

- Officials say water bodies were so polluted that they could smell the cyanide in the evening air

- Cyanide is a toxic chemical capable of killing in seconds

Ghana's Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has revealed that initial lab results show that the overuse of cyanide by illegal small scale miners has polluted some water bodies in Aboso, in the Western Region.

According to a report by Myjoyonline.com, Ghana's foremost anti-galamsey fighting force, Operation Vanguard, recently arrested four illegal miners suspected of using chemicals like zinc and cyanide in the course of their operation.

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Mr. Moses Kpebu, a Senior Program Officer at EPA, revealed that, upon arriving at the sight in the evening, team members were able to smell the cyanide because the substance fumes when the temperature declines.

"Just as we got to the site yesterday, we realized that we could even smell the cyanide. You know in the evening, the cyanide fumes they come especially when the weather becomes cold. So when we got there in the evening, we could even smell the cyanide," he said.

The four illegal miners' arrest come a mere 24 hours after Operation Vanguard arrested 27 individuals, 7 Chinese nationals and 20 local miners, in Bremang and Brofoyeduru.

Squadron Leader Omane Agyei, PRO of Operation Vanguard, told Joy News how the miners were eventually apprehended.

"Kudos to personnel of FOB [Forward Operating Base] West.They first have to do recognisance and that one they have to do [it] in plain clothes before they sprung the attack.

"They [personnel] had so many difficulties because when they [miners] see a newcomer come into their site, they will be apprehensive to the extent that there were so many tactics that were deployed to enable us to come and spring this attack."

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Source: Yen.com.gh

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