The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) lifted the temporary suspension order against Apex Mining Corp. after the company completed mitigation measures and installed interim systems at its Maco mine in Compostella Valley, following a tailings leak accident that happened last month.
In a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange on Friday, Apex said that the MGB has approved the request of the company for the lifting of the temporary suspension, after the company put into place engineering measures to prevent the recurrence of a tailings leak.
The government regulator, meanwhile, required the company to submit a long-term plan to address the latest tailings leak; and allow the unimpeded continuous monitoring by MGB-Region 11 of the company’s mining operations, particularly on tailings containment.
Earlier, Apex said that the waters near the Lumanggang Creek Diversion Pipe has been restored to normalcy after the company initiated immediate corrective mitigation measures, including voluntary suspension of its own operations.
Apex first discovered the leak at the diversion pipe on January 15 after a week-long downpour in the area. The company said that it immediately reported the incident to MGB-Region 11.
“Notably, the incidents had no effect whatsoever to the structural integrity of the Maco Tailings Management Facility,” Apex said.
Apex is currently expanding its mine in Maco, Compostella Valley.
Under the expansion program, the company aims to increase capacity of its mine to 1,500 tons per day (tpd) from the current 850 tpd. New production zones within the mine are also being identified.