Western Australia to get uranium mine

AFP-JIJI

Australia on Tuesday gave environmental approval to a new uranium mine in the nation’s resource-rich west, with 36 conditions to guard against negative impacts from radiation and other factors.

Environment Minister Tony Burke said he was giving the go-ahead for Toro Energy’s Wiluna uranium project, which will entail two open pits and a processing plant.

“Expert agencies provided advice to ensure . . . the proposal meets world’s best practice environmental standards for uranium mining, and that the risks to the environment, including risks from radiation and to groundwater and surface water, can be acceptably managed,” he said.

The project will be the first uranium mine in Western Australia.

Burke said he had considered public comments made during the assessment for the mine, which will be 30 km southeast of the goldfield town of Wiluna, and some 733 km east of the state capital, Perth.