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Western Australia Minister for Mines and Petroleum Norman Moore

Independent Expert Panel Appointed to Investigate Uranium Regulations

Victor P Taffa

Mines and Petroleum Minister Norman Moore has appointed an independent group of experts to provide high-level advice on how to employ a world’s best uranium sector regulatory framework.

Mr. Moore said the tender was awarded to the Australian Centre for Geomechanics, a joint venture of The University of Western Australia, Curtin University and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO).

The Minister said the group of 10 experts would provide advice to the Department of Mines and Petroleum (DMP) on its regulatory framework for uranium mining.

“DMP is well placed to regulate radioactive materials after about 40 years of experience regulating mineral sands and tantalum without major incident.” the Minister said.

“The department has already looked at Western Australia’s relevant mining and safety legislation and has found these laws can adequately regulate increased uranium exploration and uranium mining in the State.”

“However, the State Government knows the general public needs to have confidence in this as well.” Mr. Moore said.

“This independent expert advice will help the DMP ensure uranium mining in WA is undertaken in accordance with world’s best practice.”

“DMP is setting a very high standard for uranium companies to follow and, by inviting independent, third-party scrutiny, it will help ensure the standards set are best practice.”

The expert group includes:

  • Professor Phil Dight,
  • Professor Andy Fourie,
  • Professor Carolyn Oldham and John Chandler from The University of Western Australia;
  • Ian Gipps,
  • Dr. Mike Trefry and Anna Littleboy from CSIRO;
  • Professor Ronald Ripple and Associate Professor’s Ron Watkins and Bob Loss from Curtin University.

The independent experts will also provide the DMP with third-party ‘peer review’ and assessment of uranium mining proposals during the assessment stage of the development.

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