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recommendations for BHP Billiton’s planned new copper/uranium mine at Olympic Dam

Olympic Dam / Roxby mine Recommendations 2012, by David Noonan, 18 June 2012:

Prevent South Australia becoming the Radioactive State by requiring BHP Billiton’s Olympic Dam / Roxby mine to:

  •  only trade in copper and other non-radioactive products;
  •  not export uranium or to sell proposed radioactive copper-uranium concentrates; and
  •  leave the uranium and all other radioactive waste at the mine site.

 Repeal the Roxby Downs (Indenture Ratification) Act 1982 and the 2011 amendments to the Indenture to remove the extraordinary legal privileges granted to BHP Billiton including the override of state legislation that would apply to any other mining venture or commercial activity.

 Require BHP Billiton to commit to environmental protection measures to:  

  • dispose of radioactive tailings into the proposed new Roxby open pit and to rehabilitate the pit should it be constructed; 
  • prevent liquid radioactive waste leakage from tailings piles – including by required lining of the tailings piles; 
  • use renewable energy for the full electricity supply to the proposed new open pit mine, rather than the BHP Roxby mine plan for a jump of 12 percent in SA’s total greenhouse gas emissions, and to phase out use of fossil fuels for the electricity supply to the existing mine; 
  • stop extraction of Great Artesian Basin waters from Borefield A as soon as possible and to phase out rather than expand extraction of GAB waters from Borefield B; 
  • and commit to biodiversity projects that genuinely compensate for the loss of flora and fauna caused by the mine project, proposed new open pit and associated operations.

 Protect the unique ecology of the Upper Spencer Gulf and the breeding ground of the Giant Australian Cuttlefish by:   prohibiting the construction of a major desalination plant in this fragile region by BHP Billiton.

These Recommendations are based on my recent update of the relevant sections of the “2010 State Election Agenda for SA” (authored by CCSA, ACF, TWS and NCSSA) that I had a lead role in as then ACF national nuclear free campaigner.

June 18, 2012 - Posted by | politics, South Australia, uranium |

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