Padaeng Industry Public Company Limited today (3 March 2011) held a public review session for the draft of its Environment and Health Impact Assessment (EHIA) report on its zinc mining operations in Tambon Phra That Pha Daeng of Tak?s Mae Sod district.
The public review session follows a public scoping held by the company on 28 October 2010 to define the scope and direction for the EHIA report to successfully deliver.
The public review aims at involving all stakeholders to comment and review the draft of the EHIA report to ensure accuracy and completion of the report. The public review also shows the company?s spirit of transparency, and commitment to conducting business responsibility.
The public review process will comply with the company?s new mining license application. The company has to re-scope the pit in this area to make it less steep to ensure safety and extend the existing mining area to reach the ores. Hence, a new license is required for this mining activity which will not affect the company?s existing mining plan and duration.
The other license, granted in 2002, is due to expire in 2017. However, the license issued by the Royal Forestry Department for use of the forestry area will expire in 2012. The company has sought for an extension so that the expiration date for both licenses is aligned.
In addition, the company decided to conduct EHIA for the company?s current mining license ? granted on 8 April 2008 which is part of the same mining operation plan.