Home' Tennant and District Times : 20180817 TDT Contents 2 TENNANT AND DISTRICT TIMES FRIDAY 17 AUGUST 2018
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AS Principal of Borroloola School
(1993-98), I witnessed the con-
struction of the McArthur River
However, I first visited the original mine
in 1981 and gained an understanding
of the world renowned zinc province it
As the Member for Barkly I am afforded
comprehensive briefings and site visits
of the open cut operation, processing
plant and transport logistics continuing
my learnings about a major regional
economic development project.
The Northern Territory Environment
Protection Authority (NT EPA) has re-
cently completed a rigorous environmen-
tal impact assessment of the McArthur
River Mining, Overburden Management
Project and concluded the Project can be
managed to avoid unacceptable environ-
mental impacts and risks.
The NT EPA report identified potential
environmental impacts and risks associ-
ated with the management of the MRM
waste rock dumps and made 30 recom-
mendations to avoid and mitigate the
potential impacts and risks.
The previously approved MRM waste
rock dumps were not designed for the
storage of the high proportion of reac-
tive waste rock that became evident in
2014 when the northern waste rock dump
began emitting sulphur dioxide fumes,
giving the appearance of being on fire.
The NT EPA examined the existing ef-
fects of the mine on the environment and
concluded that the McArthur River is
currently in good condition and impacts
are generally restricted to the mine site.
However the MRM proposal, including a
new waste rock dump has the potential to
result in future off-site impacts and risks.
Therefore the NT EPA determined that
maintaining the health of the McArthur
River must be the central focus for all
future stages of the mine.
The NT EPA’s key recommendation es-
tablishes an overarching environmental
outcome that ensures the health of the
McArthur River is protected along its
whole length at all times from mine-
related impacts with all management and
regulatory action focused on achieving
“The NT EPA has concluded that the
McArthur River, in terms of water qual-
ity and aquatic ecosystems, is in good
condition at present based on a review
of available monitoring data,” Chairman,
Dr Vogel said.
The NT EPA therefore considers that to
meet its environmental objectives and
the principles of ecologically sustainable
development, the McArthur River must
be maintained in a healthy condition at
The report concluded, “This overarching
environmental outcome is the basis for
the recommendation that the proposal
should be allowed to proceed.”
The NT EPA recommended all environ-
mental monitoring programs should be
reviewed and the results of all monitoring
be made publicly available.
The NT EPA also recommended re-
placing the existing review boards with
panels of independent experts to oversee
technical matters relating to the waste
rock dumps, tailings storage and eventual
To improve community engagement,
the NT EPA recommended new ar-
rangements for a Community Reference
Group, chaired by an independent person
appointed by government.
The NT EPA provided its assessment
report to the Minister for Environment
and Natural Resources for consideration
with a copy of the report available at:
Member for Barkly
NTEPA releases MRM report
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