Friday, March 8, 2013

Licence to dump poison in water | News | NT News | Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia |

Licence to dump poison in water | News | NT News | Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia | The Territory's EPA has given a mining company the green light to pump more than 14 gigalitres of water into a pristine Top End river - and locals want to know why.

In its first major decision, the new NT Environment Protection Authority (NT EPA) has given a licence to US mining company Vista Gold to pump more than 14 gigalitres of contaminated mine water into the Edith River by the end of the next wet season.

The Edith flows into the Daly, the Territory's most popular fishing river.

The effluent is enough to fill 5600 Olympic swimming pools and contains metals including cadmium, which causes birth defects.

The 10.3 gigalitres in the Batman Pit (RP3) is being treated with finely crushed lime to raise the pH level from acid to neutral, causing most of the dissolved metals to fall out as sediment.

1 comment:

  1. When it comes to poison water the NT is a very experienced dumper.

    This goes all the way back to the Batchelor Uranium mines,and carries on today at the Uranium mines around Jabiru.

    And never seen or discussed is the Mercury and other poisons from gold mining,just ask anyone who has ever worked around Tennant Creek or Warrego.Going way back even the poisoning of workers was rubber stamped anytime at all for the companies to continue operating unheeded by any regulation other than their own profits.

    These disgusting conditions have been a part of Territory life since white man began his schemes there,and nothing looks like ever changing.

    The Territory has a strong anti union culture going way back to when the plan to build an abbatoir at Humpty Doo was scrapped due to union wage and safety demands.

    You complain or tell and you are sacked and blacklisted,not just by the companies either!