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Radioactive water risk keeps Ranger uranium mine closed

a threat of contaminated water leaking from Ranger into nearby waterways could keep the mine closed for the rest of this year….there’s no way the company will be able to safely treat the contaminated water stored at Ranger by the time the mining lease expires in 10 years….


AUDIO   AM – Traditional Aboriginal land owners pressure uranium miner to shut up shop 08/04/2011 ABC Radio National.  08/04/2011 TONY EASTLEY: The Australian company that produces 10 per cent of the world’s uranium is under increasing pressure by Aboriginal traditional owners to shut up shop.The Mirarr people own the section of the world heritage listed Kakadu National Park that includes the Ranger uranium mine operated by Energy Resources of Australia.

Just days before ERA’s annual general meeting a scientist, who used to work for the company, says a threat of contaminated water leaking from Ranger into nearby waterways could keep the mine closed for the rest of this year.
MICHAEL COGGAN: The Ranger uranium mine has operated on a lease inside the heritage listed Kakadu National Park for 30 years.

The mine owner Energy Resources of Australia suspended operations at Ranger in January because a big wet season has swollen the mine’s tailings dam to near capacity.

At a public forum in Darwin last night the senior traditional owner of the mine site, Mirarr woman Yvonne Margarula, expressed her concerns about poor water management and potential downstream environmental damage if ERA continues mining at Ranger.

YVONNE MARGARULA: Ranger uranium mine, that on like the more mining and we still say no – no more mining.
MICHAEL COGGAN: Geoff Kyle is an industrial chemist who worked for ERA before being employed by the Mirarr people.

He told the forum organised by the Northern Territory Environment Centre there’s no way the company will be able to safely treat the contaminated water stored at Ranger by the time the mining lease expires in 10 years….
GEOFF KYLE: The facts are that the pit has already got a big mob of water in it and I can’t see Ranger getting started again this year.

MICHAEL COGGAN: The traditional owners are repeating calls for Ranger to be shut down permanently in the lead up to ERA’s annual general meeting next week. They also oppose the company’s plan to use an acid leaching process to increase production and the construction of a new exploratory mine shaft….
AM – Traditional Aboriginal land owners pressure uranium miner to shut up shop 08/04/2011

April 8, 2011 - Posted by | aboriginal issues, Northern Territory, water |

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