Canadian mining company fined for cyanide-induced fish mortality in Brazilian Amazon rainforest

Mina Tucano, which specializes in gold, is a Great Panther Mining Limited subsidiary headquartered in Vancouver, Canada, with operations in Brazil, Mexico, and Peru.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL -  The Brazilian State of Amapá, bordering French Guyana and Suriname, announced today that it fined the mining company Mina Tucano, a subsidiary of the Canadian company Great Panther, R$50 (US$8.7) million for having caused unprecedented fish mortality in the extreme north of the Amazon as a result of contamination by mercury cyanide used for gold extraction.

This was announced today by the Secretariat of the Environment of the State of Amapá, in the extreme north of Brazil, which indicated that the fine was applied on December 21 for the contamination of two streams . . .

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