Greens MLC Mark Parnell has described the decision by Environment Minister Peter Garrett to approve the 4 Mile in-situ leaching mine as a deeply disappointing betrayal of SA’s environment that will leave a toxic legacy for generations.
PUBLIC HEALTH ISSUES
“The Beverley Four Mile Project will deliberately infuse sulphuric acid into a publicly owned water aquifer, and then after they have finished, the mining company intends to walk away without doing any rehabilitation of the precious groundwater resource,” said Greens MLC Mark Parnell.
TOXIC LEGACY FOR ADNYAMATHANHA & WHITE COMMUNITIES
“The in–situ leaching process is highly controversial – with very good reason. Pumping acid into the soil and aquifers will leave behind acid and radioactive wastes for many years to come. For this reason, no acid leach mine has ever been allowed to operate in the USA, and in Eastern Europe groundwater has been left heavily polluted.
“Yet, despite the terrible record overseas, the State and Federal Governments continue to turn a blind eye to this massive abuse of the State’s water aquifers. To not even require the company to do even basic rehabilitation is simply scandalous,” he said.
GARRETT’S “WORLD BEST PRACTICE” THEORY
In making the approval announcement, Minister Garrett talked about ‘strict’ monitoring requirements ‘well after the mine ceases’.
“Radioactive materials survive for thousands of years. Will the company be required to have ‘strict’ monitoring for that long?
“This is a deeply disappointing decision that will leave a toxic legacy for future generations to deal with,” he said.
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