Environmental permit for Romanian gold mine stirs controversy.

By bne IntelliNews September 4, 2012
Romanian environment minister Rovana Plumb has admitted that she has not been aware that an environmental permit was issued for the Certej gold mine project in the past days and announced that the government will check once again whether the permit was issued under legal procedures, news agency Agerpres reported. Minister Plumb thus responded to environmental activists who held protests against the permit issuance. In case the permit was not issued in full compliance with the legislation, it would be cancelled, Plumb assured. She has also dismissed the managers of the local bodies that issued the permit without informing and consulting with the central authorities. The Certej project is of a similar nature though of a smaller size than the Rosia Montana gold mine project but has also prompted the protests of the environmental activists.

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