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Barrick Lumwana Mine Uranium Water Levels Deemed Safe by Ministry of Technology and Science 

The Ministry of Technology and Science has announced that elevated uranium levels detected in portable waters at the Barrick Lumwana Mine have been deemed safe for human health and the environment. 

Hon. Felix C. Mutati, Minister of Technology and Science, revealed that laboratory analysis conducted by the Radiation Protection Authority (RPA) and the National Institute of Scientific and Industrial Research (NISIR) indicated a uranium concentration of 0.037 milligrams per liter, well below the 100 mSv/year standard set by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Addressing reporters at a press briefing, Minister Mutati explained that immediate corrective measures were taken by Barrick Lumwana Mining, including suspending the use of portable water from the treatment plant and providing alternative water sources to employees. 

The RPA and NISIR teams conducted sample collections and radiological risk assessments to ensure the safety of drinking water at the mine.

From December 5th to 8th, 2023, water samples were collected from various locations, and an awareness program was conducted to educate Barrick Lumwana employees about uranium and radiology, in collaboration with the Zambia Environmental Agency (ZEA).

Minister Mutati emphasized the Ministry’s commitment to ongoing joint awareness campaigns and environmental monitoring at Barrick Lumwana Mine, aimed at safeguarding workers, the public, and the environment from any potential harmful effects of ionizing radiation.

The clearance of uranium water levels at Barrick Lumwana Mine marks a significant step in ensuring safety and environmental protection within the mining industry, underlining the importance of proactive measures and collaboration between stakeholders.

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