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Dead Dolphin and Sea Water Samples near PNG Ramu Nickle Mine contain ' High Metal Contamination'

Results from samples taken from a dead baby dolphin in Saidor village of Raicoast District Madang Province in Papua New Guinea  has revealed 'very high concentrations' of heavy metals.

Swiss Oill Spill Consultant engaged by the Madang Provincial Government to conduct investigations into the Basamuk Spill and fish dying in the area, Doctor Alex Mojon says samples from the dolphin were sent to a laboratory in Germany with the following results:

“We found nickle in a concentration of 4.9 milligram per kilo, allowed by limit 0.2, zinc 64 mg per kilo, allowed is 50.

“We also found manganese 28 mg per kilo, allowed is 0.5 and Mercury 1.2 mg per kilo allowed 0.15.

“Copper was also present with 4.1 mg allowed 1.0, Chrome 6.2 mg with allowed limit of 0.5 and chromium 1.9 allowed 0.02.

“So this poor baby dolphin had been poisoned by an overdose of cocktail of heavy metals that’s absolutely clear, Dr. Mojon said.

Meantime, a mixture of heavy metals contamination was the cause of the sea changing colour in Raicoast district of Madang Province, in August this year.

The sea colour change alleged to have been the result of 'a spill' from the Ramu Nickel Mine was due to 'very high contamination of various heavy metals.'

According to a third investigation report carried out by Dr. Mojon - various sites sampled in the area tested back positive with this.

Dr. Mojon who is currently in country for a fourth investigation to be jointly conducted by other Government bodies, revealed this last week.

He explained that further visits along the coast revealed carpets of 'red algae' also from the spill - results of which tested the same and was directly linked to the Company.

NBC News/ PNG Today

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