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Conservation Council opposes Wiliuna uranium mine, Kalgoorlie mayor not enthusiastic, either

The Kalgoorlie-Boulder mayor Ron Yuryevich says he is not opposed to the project as long as the uranium is not transported through residential areas of Kalgoorlie-Boulder.

Council to challenge Toro’s uranium approval, ABC News May 22, 2012  The Conservation Council is to challenge the approval of Toro Energy’s proposed uranium mine in Western Australia’s northern Goldfields. Yesterday, the Environmental Protection Authority gave the go-ahead for the company’s proposal to develop the mine 30 kilometres from Wiluna.

The council’s Piers Verstegen says the decision comes after the government’s Uranium Advisory Group last week recommended updates to the approvals process. “We think the EPA have made a mistake here,” he said. “We do not trust Toro, they have no track record in successfully operating uranium mines.

“There are no uranium mines in Australia or anywhere in the world that
haven’t had major problems, that don’t leave a toxic legacy with the
local community in the form of radioactive mine tailings so we don’t
think this is an appropriate industry for Western Australia.”

The yellowcake will be transported from Wiluna via Kalgoorlie and then
across the border to be exported from Port Adelaide or Darwin.
The Kalgoorlie-Boulder mayor Ron Yuryevich says he is not opposed to the project as long as the uranium is not transported through residential areas of Kalgoorlie-Boulder.

“We insisted that the transport plan, whatever it is, include no
access into West Kalgoorlie, so on that basis, we indicated that if
they take it out to Parkeston directly and then onto the rail there,
then that would be the issue,” he said.

“The community were very clear on what they wanted, what they didn’t
want really, so we expect that any licence that’s given to Toro for
uranium mining will reflect our community’s concerns.”….
Toro’s application now needs to be approved by the state’s Environment
Minister Bill Marmion before being passed on to the Commonwealth for
federal approval.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-05-22/conservation-council-to-challenge-uranium-approval/4025420?section=business

May 23, 2012 - Posted by | Opposition to nuclear, uranium, Western Australia |

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