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Tor Energy may face legal action against its Wiluna uranium mine plan

Uranium plans may spark legal stoush Sep 21, 2012   The Conservation Council of Western Australia says it will consider legal action to prevent Toro Energy’s proposed Wiluna uranium mine going ahead.

The group says the State Government has not responded adequately to appeals lodged against the project, which is set to become WA’s first uranium mine. The council’s Mia Pepper says the group will pursue a range of avenues to ensure its safety and environmental concerns are addressed.

“It will include all the procedural interventions that are available
to us at a state and federal level and it might include legal action,”
she said.

She says the conditions do not go far enough.

“This [is] WA’s first uranium mine and they are setting a really low
precedent on environmental conditions,” she said.

“This is slipping through the net of regulations and it’s setting a
bad example across the state.”

Environment Minister Bill Marmion has considered 21 appeals and
recommended several changes to the Environmental Protection
Authority’s initial approval of the mine.

He says the conditions will require Toro to research the water
requirements of vegetation and closely monitor aquatic invertebrates
in the area.


September 22, 2012 - Posted by | business, uranium, Western Australia

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