Western Australia Minister for Environment Bill Marmion
Minister Strengthens Uranium Conditions
Victor P Taffa
- Environment Minister determines appeals on proposed Toro uranium mine
- EPA conditions further strengthened
Environment Minister Bill Marmion today released his determination of nine appeals and the report of the independent appeals committee on Toro Energy Limited’s proposed uranium mine near Wiluna.
The committee considered 21 grounds of appeal and recommended a number of changes to the Environmental Protection Authority’s (EPA) draft conditions.
These will strengthen protection of stygofauna and groundwater dependent vegetation, including Tecticornia samphires, and better address surface water flows, dust management and rehabilitation.
Toro will also be required to research the water requirements of groundwater dependent vegetation and more closely monitor stygofauna in the three calcrete ecosystems to be partially impacted by the proposal.
“I am satisfied the appeals committee has carefully considered all the matters raised in the appeals and have accepted their recommendations.” Mr. Marmion said.
The independent committee was chaired by James Malcolm, who has previous experience on appeals committees and is the current chairman of the Contaminated Sites Committee.
The second appeals committee member was Keith Baldry, the director of Regulation and Compliance for the South Australian Environment Protection Authority.
“Mr. Baldry’s extensive experience in management and assessment of uranium proposals in South Australia proved invaluable to the committee in formulating its advice to me.” the Minister said.
“My next step is to consult with decision-making authorities and other agencies, including the ministers for Mines and Petroleum and Indigenous Affairs; and the Radiological Council, which assists the Minister for Health, on whether they agree that this proposed uranium mine should proceed and, if so, what conditions will be set.” Mr. Marmion said.
- Appeals committee met with appellants; representatives of Toro; departments of Mines and Petroleum, Environment and Conservation and Health; Radiological Council of WA; shires of Wiluna, Leonora, Menzies, Coolgardie and Dundas; and City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder
- The representatives also visited the site of the proposed mines