05 April 2023
Harita Nickel, an integrated mining and downstream company, has been recognized for its outstanding environmental management and monitoring practices. The Environmental Agency of the North Maluku Provincial Government awarded Harita Nickel the compliant status on March 12, 2023, highlighting the company's dedication to sustainability.
Within Harita Nickel, five Mining Business Licenses (IUPs) received praise, including PT Trimegah Bangun Persada (PT TBP), PT Gane Permai Sentosa (PT GPS), PT Obi Anugerah Mineral (PT OAM), PT Budhi Jaya Mineral (PT BJM), and PT Jikodolong Megah Pertiwi (PT JMP). This recognition demonstrates Harita Nickel's commitment to environmental responsibility and sets a positive example for other companies in the industry to follow.
The North Maluku Provincial Environmental Agency evaluated 130 companies, divided into four groups, each led by a Department Head and a Secretary. Yusra Hi. Noho, the Department Head of Pollution Control and Environmental Damage at the agency, who is also an Investigator of Civil Servants (PPNS) for Environmental Affairs, led the evaluation of Harita Nickel and its five entities with a team of 11 members. In total, 25 companies were evaluated.
RKL is a plan to handle environmental impacts caused by business and activities plans, while RPL is a plan to monitor environmental components affected by those plans. Mining companies must submit RKL-RPL documents, and their implementation is evaluated every six months by the provincial-level Environmental Agency.
Yusra, the Department Head of Pollution Control and Environmental Damage at the North Maluku Provincial Environmental Agency, stated that Harita Nickel has all the required environmental permits for its IUPs, including PT Trimegah Bangun Persada. They also conduct regular testing to ensure they meet the environmental quality standard parameters without any violations.
The evaluation assessed emissions, ambient air, noise, and various points of both domestic and mining wastewater disposal, and all of them met the standard. As per the Ministry of Environment and Forestry Regulation No. 09/2006 on the Standard for Mining Nickel Ore Wastewater, there are 11 parameters that must be measured.
"Harita Nickel met the standard for all 11 parameters. In fact, PT Trimegah Bangun Persada has installed a SPARING or Continuous Emission Monitoring System (CEMS) at the compliance point location," she added.
Anie Rahmi, the Corporate Affairs Manager of Harita Nickel, expressed appreciation to the North Maluku Environmental Agency for fulfilled one of its main tasks, namely supervision, and guidance, especially in monitoring and managing the environment conducted by Harita Nickel.
According to Anie, the company adheres to all guidance and directives provided by its supervisors. In addition to complying with RKL-RPL, Harita Nickel prioritizes the use of the best mining practices, as outlined by ISO 45001:2018 and the mining safety management system. The Ministry of Transportation and Manpower of Indonesia's SMK3 is also referred to by Harita Nickel for all nickel processing and refining facilities.
As a form of commitment to protecting land areas, the company has also carried out the conservation obligation of the River Basin Area (DAS). Harita Nickel recognizes the crucial role played by DAS in the formation of ecosystems, including vegetation, soil, water, and humans. In fact, they have implemented a DAS rehabilitation program in Galala village, Mandioli Island, South Halmahera.
"We have handed over the management of the River Basin Area (DAS) in that location to the government because it is considered successful in rehabilitating a 517-hectare area," concluded Anie.