14 Nov 2016

Samoa's Environment Ministry denies sand mining is a scandal

From , 6:01 am on 14 November 2016

Samoa's Environment Ministry is rejecting claims sand mining in some coastal areas amounts to an environmental scandal.

The Samoa Observer reports residents are concerned the removal of truckloads of sand in some areas on the south coast of Upolu is causing erosion.

But the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment Chief Executive Suluimalo Amataga Penaia denies this.

He spoke to Jo O'Brien.

 A beach on Upolu island, Samoa.

The Samoa government says sand taken from some areas in Upolu has been mined through the normal legal process. Photo: Teinesavaii