05 February 2021, 3:10 pm. 1 minute
Reuters reported exclusively that Indonesia will no longer permit mining waste to be disposed in the ocean to allay concerns about the environmental impact of processing nickel used in electric vehicle batteries. The Southeast Asian nation, the world’s biggest nickel producer, has not officially banned so-called deep sea tailings but by not issuing new permits it could delay planned projects and complicate efforts to dispose of waste. Proponents of DST say it is cheaper and less harmful to pipe waste into the sea, especially on tropical islands where earthquakes or heavy rain limit storage, but critics says the impact of such marine disposal is poorly understood.
Topics of Interest: Environment
Type: Reuters Best
Win Types: Exclusivity
Story Types: Exclusive / Scoop
Media Types: Text
Customer Impact: Important Regional Story