The West Rand Goldfields
The LRC is working to enforce regulations that require both the mining companies and the government to remediate and rehabilitate the cumulative impact of mining activities, which have only become apparent in this area decades after the cessation of mining operations. Significant levels of radioactive dust, toxic water pollution, and soil contamination are of concern to the 1.6 million people living in low cost government sponsored housing and informal settlements adjacent to the mines.
The tailings (above-ground hills, composed of the earth removed from the underground mines illustrated in the image above left) are poorly managed and monitored. The World Health Organization is currently testing 1,600 nearby residents for excessive levels of uranium, which can cause respiratory and/or renal disease and failure.