Recommendation falls short of full inquiry needed

A small win for people concerned about the radioactive waste dump

Landcare group backs further investigation into Douglas Mine rehabilitation

Posted 3 May 2016, 11:22am

The Kanagulk Landcare group has praised the Victorian Government for listening to its concerns about a mine in western Victoria.

An investigation by the mining warden found a full inquiry into Iluka’s practices at its Douglas Mine was unwarranted but further investigations were needed.

Last week, the Minister for Energy and Resources adopted all the recommendations from the report.

Kanagulk Landcare group member Ian Ross has welcomed an audit which will investigate allegations pit 19 was not properly rehabilitated and that there was extra dumping at pit 23.

“It’s good that at last we’ve been listened to and our concerns have been heard,” he said.

“We’ve been pushed away for too long and for years to get heard, and at last we feel like we’ve been heard.”

He said it was important for the results of the audit to be released to the public.

Iluka Resources is adamant any assessment of the company’s practices at the site will show it has acted responsibly and adhered to regulations.

In a statement, the company said it would continue to comply with regulations and would work with all the relevant stakeholders on the matter.

Topics: mining-environmental-issues, mining-indu

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