Japanese Journal of Veterinary Research;Volume 61 Supplement

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Economic and Toxicological aspects of copper industry in Katanga, DR Congo

Kalenga, John Ngoy

Permalink : http://hdl.handle.net/2115/52352
JaLCDOI : 10.14943/jjvr.61.suppl.s23
KEYWORDS : copper industry;economy;toxicology

Abstract

The Katanga province is well known for its copper and cobalt reserves. During the early 2000s a boom of mining projects in Katanga brought again hope for better future to Congolese people. The paper aims to evaluate the impact of recent production recovery on economy and environment. We collected primary and secondary sources on copper industry for economic analysis. We use results of laboratory analysis conducted at the Congolese Office of Control by provincial division of environment for toxicological analysis. The comparison of heavy metal concentration to standards shows that mining industry is the main source of environmental pollution in Katanga. Copper industry generates income for economic growth of the region.

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