In the municipality of Alhué, located in Melipilla province, of the Metropolitan Region, a gold and silver mining project called Minera Florida, currently owned by Yamana Gold corporation, is currently under development.
Among the many negative impacts generated by the extraction of minerals in the environment, there is one particularly concerning one: emissions of pollutants into the atmosphere, especially particulate material.
The community of El Asiento has shown their concern by pointing out that their houses are filled with dust (tailings dust) and that the diseases in the area have increased. In addition, they point out that fruit trees (mainly walnuts and avocados) have reduced their production and even died.
Geute Conservación Sur, together with Juan Pastene – representative of the locality – filed a complaint with the Superintendency of the Environment for repeated breaches by the project owner of its own operating resolutions.
As a result of the complaint, the Superintendency of the Environment initiated a sanctioning process that led to the formulation of charges against Minera Florida, for non-compliance, actions that were denounced and verified by the authority.
However, the Superintendency, after the owner of Minera Florida presented its compliance plan, decided to suspend the procedure, arguing that the owner took responsibility for the impacts.
In view of the above, a complaint was filed in Environmental Courts, due to the Superintendency approval of a compliance plan that lacks the substance required for its approval: it does not describe, nor much less takes responsibility for the effects of the offenses committed and because of this, does not comply with the approval criteria established by the applicable regulations.
We are waiting for a resolution from the Environmental Court.