MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines’ environment ministry will decide whether to permanently shut four mines that failed a review for compliance with state regulations or offer them reprieve, a government official said.
Issuing its final decision, a government panel on Thursday confirmed 23 of 27 mines passed a review for compliance with state rules, reducing uncertainty about potential supply disruptions at the world’s No. 2 nickel ore supplier.
“The DENR (Department of Environment and Natural Resources) will meet to decide whether to pursue the closure or give a second chance” to the four mines that failed the review, Wilfredo Moncano, head of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau, told Reuters.
Reporting by Enrico dela Cruz; writing by Manolo Serapio Jr.; editing by Richard Pullin