Scientists Say Bauxite Mining Poses Health Threat in Malaysia’s Pahang State

18 Feb 2016 by OOSKAnews Correspondent

Poor practices in bauxite mining have exposed residents of Malaysia’s Pahang state to water contaminated with heavy metals and other pollution, according to scientists participating in a forum on the issue this week.Speaking at the event, which was organized by Malaysian Academy of Science and University Malaya, Dr. Maketab Mohamed of the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia Association said that “almost all the water for consumption in [Pahang’s capital] Kuantan is drawn downstream from the mines.”“The full impact of this is not appreciated as water samples drawn for testing by the Department of Environment were not from rivers used for drinking water,”  local media quoted him as saying...

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