As for today, 1100 companies were granted with mining license and are running mining operation. 163 companies were inspected by the joint inspection team, consisted of inspectors from the State Professional Inspection Agency, Ministry of Environment and Tourism and Mineral Resource Authority. 7 teams worked in 21 aimags. Over 444 types of errors and breaches were inspected in the mining companies. The most popular breach was the incompliance of environmental recovery work. Some companies were included in the Law on Mercy even though they were charged for severe environmental damages and failure for the environmental recovery work. During the inspection operation, 37 mines were forced to close.
Mr. D.Munkhtamir, a senior inspector of the Geology and Mining Inspection Department of the State Professional Inspection Agency, is interviewed.
Q: Mining companies are usually fined for the illegal actions. What kind of initiatives are you planning to strengthen the responsibility and charge?
D.Munkhtamir: Over a month, starting from June 7, mining companies were inspected by the team of inspectors. During this period 37 mines were closed. The charge for these companies will not end up with forced closure. Also environmental recovery issue will be raised in the future.
Q: Does a mine require closure approval before its life of mine ends?
D.Munkhtamir: Yes, mine closure approval shall be approved 1 year before its deposit exhausted. Most of placer mines are running out of reserve. Therefore, facilities and wells for the mine use shall be decided where to belong and what will happen to its workers or miners. But such works are not completed in everywhere.
Q: In what cases, mined mineral is confiscated for the state property?
D.Munkhtamir: Some illegal acts, such as exceeded its mining operation beyond the approved line or mined mineral from unapproved and unregistered reserve areas. Therefore, the mined mineral was confiscated to the state income.