The Loma Miranda mineral deposit is located some 17km southeast of the city of La Vega and 22km north of the city of Bonao. According to its owner, Xstrata-Falcondo, the deposit contains 22.9 million tonnes of ore grading 1,44% of nickel. Development of Loma Miranda could extend Falcondo’s mining and smelting operations in Dominican Republic for another 20 years. Ecologists and local people fear that solid wastes and gases, resulting from the expansion, will accelerate degradation of the soil and the air, as well as negatively impact on the vital Jima River.