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Media Release
Senator the Hon Robert Hill
Leader of the Government in the Senate
Minister for the Environment and Heritage

2 March 2001

HILL ISSUES TERMS FOR FURTHER EVALUATION AT HONEYMOON


Federal Environment Minister Robert Hill has written to Southern Cross Resources with the terms of reference for further assessment of waste disposal at the proposed Honeymoon uranium mine.

Senator Hill announced last month that detailed information was required on the hydrology of the Honeymoon aquifers (layers of sand that hold saline water and the uranium ore) before he could give Commonwealth approval for the project.

"The Commonwealth needs to be sure that the proposal by Southern Cross Resources to dispose of waste by re-injecting it to the mining aquifer does not lead to contamination of the surrounding environment," Senator Hill said.

Senator Hill has asked the company to:

The evaluation is expected to be completed later this year, when Senator Hill will make a final recommendation on the Honeymoon Uranium Project.

The terms of reference were developed by Environment Australia in consultation with the South Australian Department of Primary Industry and Resources, the Bureau of Rural Sciences and the Australian Geological Survey Organisation.

Senator Hill has accepted departmental advice that environmental issues, such as the method of mining and the production process, have been adequately addressed by the environmental impact study process. The terms of reference are attached.

March 2, 2001
Media contact: Belinda Huppatz 08 8237 7920 or 0419 258364

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