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Recent increase in Antarctic Peninsula ice core uranium concentrations caused from Australia's uranium mines, study finds

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Australian trade union bans workers from uranium mines

The Electrical Trades Union (ETU) in Queensland and the Northern Territory is banning its members from working on uranium mines or within the nuclear energy industry. ETU secretary Peter Simpson says corporate interests and political leaders are trying to bribe workers with the promise of high wages while denying the health risks of uranium mining. "We have got a world renowned expert on the subject, we have got several other experts in Australia that have gone out and done the research on this stuff," he said. "Whilst the industry will tell you that it is all fine and that gamma radiation is not an issue, they don't tell you about the hidden dangers that are associated with this product." (ABC June 1, 2010)

 

Australian uranium dust found in Antarctic ice

An ice core from the Antarctic bears traces of uranium that may have been carried by the wind from Australian mines in 1995, a glacier expert has told a Chilean newspaper. The minuscule amounts of the radioactive element "correspond to a year (1995) when Australia increased its uranium production," Ricardo Jaña, who participates in an international research effort in the frozen continent, told El Mercurio daily. He said scientists theorise the uranium particles were carried by the wind from Australia and deposited in the northern part of the Antarctic's Detroit peninsula. Dr Jaña works for the Chilean Antarctic Institute , which takes part in a joint Brazilian-Chilean-American glaciological and atmospheric research on the Detroit Plateau. (ABC May 3, 2010)

 

Anglican Church's investment fund in Australia removes ban on uranium mining shares

Glebe Asset Management Ltd. , the second-biggest so-called ethical investment fund in Australia, removed its ban on buying uranium mining shares after a three-month review, Director David Andrews said. The company decided to scrap the restriction after BHP Billiton in June bought WMC Resources Ltd., owner of the world's largest deposit of the nuclear fuel. (Bloomberg Aug. 23, 2005)

 

Activists finish 2000 km uranium mining protest trek

Anti-nuclear activists have arrived at Parliament House in Canberra, after walking more than 2,000 kilometres from the Roxby Downs uranium mine in South Australia.
Aboriginal elder 'Speedy' McGuiness and activist William Taylor are calling for an end to uranium mining in Australia. (ABC March 30, 2004)

 

South Australia's assessment of environmental impact of acid in-situ leach uranium mining

Review report backs acid ISL uranium mining in South Australia

On Nov. 9, 2004, South Australia's Environment Protection Authority released the review report on the environmental impacts of the acid in-situ leach uranium mining process. The review recommends the practice be allowed to continue. South Australian Environment Minister John Hill told Parliament the State's Environment Protection Authority has accepted recommendations made in the report. (ABC Nov. 9, 2004)

Review of Environmental Impacts of the Acid In-situ Leach Uranium Mining Process, by Graham Taylor, Vic Farrington, Peter Woods, Robert Ring and Robert Molloy, CSIRO Land and Water Client Report, August 2004
> Download Full report (1.1M PDF)

SA EPA invites submissions for In-situ acid leach mining review

A public meeting will be held on 4 March 2004.
The closing date for written submissions is 2 April 2004.

SA EPA issues tender for review of the environmental impacts of the In-situ acid leach mining process

> View Tender EPA009148 info

Tender closed at 5:00 PM Adelaide time 1 August 2003.

South Australia to assess environmental impact of acid in-situ leach uranium mining

The South Australian Government has announced plans to assess the impact of acid-leach uranium mining on the surrounding environment - the mining method used at the Beverley and Honeymoon uranium mines. The investigation will be coordinated by the SA Environment Protection Authority . (ABC 27 Mar 2003)

 

> See also: Senate launches inquiry into uranium mining


Northern Territory

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Ranger (Northern Territory)

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South Australia

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Protesters disrupt uranium conference in Adelaide

Anti-nuclear protesters have disrupted a uranium conference in Adelaide, with the small group calling for a halt to uranium mining. A lone protester wearing white protective overalls and a mask stood at the back of the Paydirt conference during opening speeches today and called for SA's uranium to be left in the ground. (The Australian Feb. 28, 2012)

 

Four Mile (South Australia)

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General Atomics subsidiary to become sole owner of Four Mile in situ leach uranium mine

On July 13, 2015, Alliance Resources Ltd announced that it has accepted a revised offer from Quasar Resources Pty Ltd to purchase all of Alliance Craton Explorer Pty Ltd's (ACE) interest in the Four Mile Uranium Project, including ACE's share of uranium oxide concentrates already mined, for a total consideration of A$ 73.975 million.

Complete production from two years at Four Mile in situ leach uranium mine to be stockpiled

[Majority owner] Quasar has made it clear that it intends to stockpile all Four Mile production from both the 2014 Program and Budget (which had included projected sales of 1.5 million lbs of UOC [577 t U] in 2014) and the 2015 Program and Budget. (Alliance Resources Nov. 7, 2014)

First uranium shipment from Four Mile in situ leach uranium mine

On Oct. 6, 2014, Alliance Resources Limited announced that the first shipment of product from the Four Mile Project occurred in September. 300,000 lbs of uranium ore concentrate [115 t U] were shipped to Cameco Corporations' conversion facility at Blind River, Ontario, Canada.

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Beverley (South Australia)

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> See also: Beverley Four Mile ISL project (Alliance Resources Ltd)
> See also: South Australia to assess environmental impact of acid in-situ leach uranium mining
> View PIRSA announcements

 

Beverley and Beverley North in situ leach uranium mines on care and maintenance

According to South Australia's Department of State Development, Heathgate's Beverley and Beverley North in situ leach uranium mines are currently on care and maintenance (Mar. 16, 2015).

 

Owner of Beverley in situ leach uranium mine suffers loss for second year in a row

Heathgate Resources, the owner of the Beverley uranium mine in northern South Australia, has suffered losses totalling a whopping A$ 60 million over the past two years. Heathgate Resources made a loss of A$ 34.5 million in calendar 2012 according to its latest financial statements lodged with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission. This followed a loss of A$ 25.6 million in 2011.
Heathgate's total revenue in calendar 2012 was A$ 59 million, according to its financial statements, a substantial slump from the 2011 when total revenue was A$ 84.6 million. (Australian Financial Review Aug. 26, 2013)

 

Beverley uranium protesters win legal costs in fight with South Australian Government

A court has ordered the South Australian Government to pay the legal bills of nine people who were assaulted and unlawfully detained during an anti-uranium protest. The Supreme Court had already awarded more than $700,000 in damages. Back in April, it found eight protesters, a news cameraman and a girl were unlawfully detained and assaulted during a protest at the Beverley mine in South Australia's far north-east, a decade ago. Police locked some of the group in a shipping container and the girl, who was 11, had capsicum spray used on her. The judge awarded extra damages over comments by the South Australian treasurer and police minister that they would not negotiate. Justice Timothy Anderson said video footage should have prompted the state to compromise. Now the government has been ordered to pay the group's legal bills after the judge was told the protesters had offered to settle before the trial. Seven protesters who were awarded more by the court than their settlement offers will get extra money for their legal bills. (ABC June 30, 2010)

 

Beverley uranium mine protesters awarded compensation

Uranium mine protesters who were beaten, capsicum-sprayed and locked in a shipping container by police have been awarded compensation by a South Australian judge, who criticised the state's Deputy Premier and Police Minister for provocative comments they made about the case. The South Australian Supreme Court yesterday (April 9) awarded $724,560 to eight protesters, a television cameraman and a then 11-year-old girl involved in a protest at the Beverley uranium mine about 600km north of Adelaide, on May 9, 2000. Judge Timothy Anderson found some of the force used by police was unwarranted: "Some of those arrested, some being plaintiffs, were mere passive observers, several of whom were taking video footage." And he said the use of the shipping container as a holding cell was "ill-conceived and resulted in fundamental breaches of human rights". (The Australian April 10, 2010)

> View court judgment White & Ors v State of South Australia [2010] SASC 95 (9 April 2010)

 

Beverley uranium mine now under native title

The largest native title claim in South Australia, covering a uranium mine and the iconic Wilpena Pound rock basin, will be signed off today by the Federal Court in Adelaide, in a move welcomed by state and federal governments. The claim by the Adnyamathanha people was lodged in 1994 after the landmark Mabo judgment in the High Court, recognising the existence of native title. The Adnyamathanha Traditional Lands Association, chaired by Vince Coulthard , will manage the native title rights and interests of the region. (Australian March 30, 2009)

 

Beverley North Extension

The Mining and Rehabilitation Program (MARP) for the construction and operation of the Beverley North Field Leach Trial has been approved.
> View PIRSA release Jan. 7, 2011
> Download: Beverley North Mine: Program for Environment Protection and Rehabilitation , Nov. 2013 (37.6 MB PDF - DMITRE)

South Australia Premier Mike Rann today announced approval for a Heathgate Resources uranium project at Beverley North. (Adelaide Now Dec. 28, 2010)

Environment Minister Tony Burke has given approval for US-owned and privately held Heathgate to develop its Beverley North uranium project in South Australia. Overall production from the greater Beverley area is to remain about the same although the incorporation of reserves from the northern deposits will lengthen the life of the project. (Sydney Morning Herald Dec. 7, 2010)
> Download Approval - Beverley North-Extension to the Beverley uranium mine , Dec. 6, 2010 (3M PDF - Environment Australia)

Heathgate Resources Pty Ltd have submitted two applications in relation to the proposed Beverley North Uranium mine:

Members of the public are now invited to submit comments on either or both of these applications during a 6 week consultation period which closes at 5pm on Friday 28 May 2010.
> View Beverley North Uranium Project (PIRSA)

On Feb. 18, 2010, the Department of Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts issued a notification of assessment approach: The project will be assessed by Public Environment Report.
On Oct. 16, 2009, Heathgate Resources Pty Ltd submitted a referral for the Beverley North Extension to the Beverley Uranium Mine.

> View EPBC Referral No. 2009/5138

 

License violations and reportable events at Beverley North in situ leach mine
> See also: Beverly North uranium mine incident summary report (DMITRE)

 

Beverley Uranium Mine Extension

Approval of Beverley ISL uranium mine extension a “blank cheque licence for pollution”
The Australian Government has approved the expansion of a controversial uranium mine in South Australia, but environmental groups say the radioactive waste increase will greatly impact surrounding areas.
“Fundamentally, they have allowed the area of pollution from the Beverly mine to be expanded quite significantly,” ground water specialist Dr Gavin Mudd told The Epoch Times. Dr Mudd, a lecturer in environmental engineering at Monash University, says he has looked at the data from the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and it is not convincing. The Government's expansion plans for the mine are a “blank cheque licence for pollution”, he said. “Until they have got that data on the public record that has been independently verified by people who are independent and not subservient to the mining industry - until that's done - I think they really have been given a blank cheque to leave groundwater in a much worse state than before.” (The Epoch Times Sep. 2, 2008)

Beverley Uranium Mine Extension approved
Federal Environment Minister Peter Garrett has approved the expansion of South Australia's Beverley uranium mine. Output will remain within the already approved 1500 tonnes of uranium oxide per year. (AdelaideNow Aug. 28, 2008)

Claim Public Environment Report for the Beverley Uranium Mine Extension ignores groundwater
An environmental engineer says a report on the extension of the Beverley uranium mine does not address the potential risks to groundwater. Mining company Heathgate Resources wants to extend the lease area of its mine in South Australia's north-east and issued the report in response to public submissions about the mine plan, as part of the approval process.
Dr Gavin Mudd from Monash University says the report inadequately deals with the public submissions. "Their response has always been, 'Well it's still the same category of water quality and it's not impacting on the potential uses of that water'," he said. "When you look at the increasing value of water and the ability for desalination plants now to desalinate water or sea water or quality like that - and Beverley's a lot less than sea water - then I think we need to be taking an attitude that we protect our groundwater resources." "The nature of the acid leaching process is they inject the acid, it removes a lot of the uranium obviously but also in that same process it also mobilises a lot of the other metals and so on, so it leaves the groundwater quality a lot worse than what it was prior to mining." (ABC Apr. 24, 2008)

Heathgate releases draft Public Environment Report for the Beverley Uranium Mine Extension
Heathgate Resources Pty Ltd announces the publication of its draft Public Environment Report for the Beverley Uranium Mine Extension. The proposed development outlined in the Mining Proposal is an extension of the area outside the existing Mining Lease in which wellfields may be installed. There are no proposed changes to the existing operations at the Beverley processing plant, and no increased production above the existing approved level is sought.
On April 18, 2008, Heathgate issued a Response Document following public consultation.
> View Referral 2006/3167 (Environment Australia)
> View Public Notice (PIRSA)

Heathgate seeks mining lease extension
On Nov. 23, 2006, Heathgate Resources has applied to extend the operation of the Beverley uranium mine for at least 20 years. Heathgate is seeking a new mining lease surrounding the existing Beverley lease. A request has also been made to Native Title claimants for negotiations to commence for a new Mining Agreement.

Geothermal power for Beverley uranium mine?

On Nov. 6, 2009, Petratherm Ltd announced that the Paralana Geothermal Energy Project has been awarded a A$62.762 million Renewable Energy Demonstration Program (REDP) grant. The grant monies are to be applied to the development of a 30 MW geothermal demonstration project post the proof of concept stage currently underway at the Paralana project. Petratherm's Paralana project's longer-term aim is to develop Australia's first large-scale (260+ MW) base load geothermal power station to deliver zero emission electricity to the National Electricity Market.

On Sep. 3, 2008, Petratherm Ltd and its joint venture partners Beach Petroleum and TRUenergy announced that they have secured a 2,000 HP Drilling Rig from Weatherford Drilling International Australia Pty Ltd for the Paralana Geothermal Energy Joint Venture Project. Petratherm expects to spud the Paralana 2 well (up to 4 kms deep) in February 2009 and is planning to spud the Paralana 3 well in early 2010. The Paralana JV aims to supply power to Heathgate Resources' Beverley Uranium Mine in the second half of 2010.

Heathgate Resources has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with a geothermal developer, Petratherm Ltd. , to explore opportunities to supply the Beverley mine with more power, produced by geothermal, or hot rock, sources. (AAP Nov. 1, 2006)

Dispute between aboriginal communities over mining royalty

Heathgate has filed papers in the District Court asking it to resolve a dispute between members of the Adnyamathanha and Kuyani communities for the royalties, due to be paid in about a month. (news.com.au Feb. 15, 2002)

Production at Beverley in-situ leach uranium mine halted after spill

The Beverley uranium mine will not resume production until an independent inquiry was held into a 60,000-litre spill of radioactive liquid, federal and state politicians said on Jan. 14, 2002. (The Age, Canberra Times, Jan. 15, 2002)
Meanwhile, the Beverley mine has resumed commercial production, after modifications to the plant were made to ensure a repeat spillage would not happen. (WNA News Briefing 02.07, Feb 13, 2002)

License violations and reportable events at Beverley in-situ leach mine

It has been revealed that there have been more leaks from the Beverley uranium mine in South Australia's north since the last publicised leak in May 2002. Almost 15,000 litres of acid uranium solution leaked in that incident, and a further nine leaks ranging from 50 litres to more than 6,000 have now been reported on the South Australian Government's Primary Industries website. (ABC Sep 12, 2002)

Spills of 1000+ litres:

The total number of spills reported in 2002 so far (August) is 11.

A total of 24 spills of radioactive liquid had occurred over the past two years. Three of them were more than 2,000 litres. (The Age, Jan 14, 2002)

> see also: Beverley Spill Incident Summaries (DMITRE)

 

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Honeymoon (South Australia)

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Honeymoon uranium mine expansion

Pre-feasibility Study commences for expansion of Honeymoon uranium mine: On Oct. 26, 2016, Boss Resources announced that a Pre-feasibility Study (PFS) commences for the expansion of the Honeymoon uranium mine. The PFS is based on the outcomes of the recently completed Expansion Study. The results are expected in the second quarter of 2017.

Positive Expansion Study announced for currently mothballed Honeymoon in situ leach uranium mine: On Sep. 28, 2016, Boss Resources Ltd announced it has received positive results from its recently completed Expansion Study on the Honeymoon Uranium Project. The proposed expansion would increase the annual production capacity from 0.88 Mlbs U3O8 [338 t U] to initially 2 Mlbs U3O8 [769 t U], ramping up to 3.6 Mlbs U3O8 [1,385 t U] (potentially in the fifth year of operation, coinciding with the commencement of operations at the Gould's Dam deposit).
The study also "has identified and detailed the opportunity to restart the existing plant for minimal cost and to operate this during the construction of the expansion."
A Prefeasibility Study (PFS) is planned to start in the fourth quarter of 2016 and is estimated to take approximately 6 months to complete.

 

Uranium One sells mothballed Honeymoon uranium mine

Russia's state-owned nuclear energy company Rosatom has finally lost patience with the Honeymoon uranium project in northern South Australia and is selling it off to an ASX-listed minnow called Boss Resources Ltd .
Honeymoon is one of the five Australian uranium mines in Australia, four of which are located in South Australia, but it has been in mothballs for the past two years because of the plunge in uranium prices which made it uneconomic to continue mining from the site. (Sydney Morning Herald Sep. 1, 2015)
On Dec. 1, 2015 Boss Resources announced that the acquisition of Uranium One Australia Pty Ltd, which is the owner of the Honeymoon Uranium Project in South Australia, has successfully completed, as of 30 November 2015.

Uranium One proposes to process yellow cake from mothballed South Australian Honeymoon mine at Willow Creek site in Wyoming

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Honeymoon in situ leach uranium mine to be mothballed

The Honeymoon uranium mine in South Australia's far northeast is expected to be mothballed. Low uranium prices and production difficulties at the plant have put pressure on the mine. (News.com.au Nov. 12, 2013)
Uranium One's vice-president Kuzma Otto says the mine will go into what the  industry calls 'care and maintenance mode', which means production is stopped but the site is managed to ensure it remains in a safe and stable condition. "We will transition down to the care and maintenance phase over a period of four or five months, depending on the consultation process with various stakeholders." "This is not a closure phase, so the option to reopen is there. Some production problems during the commissioning process, as well as the yields from the well field being lower than we had anticipated, as well as uranium prices, played a contribution." (ABC Nov. 13, 2013)

Value of Honeymoon in situ leach uranium mine project written down due to technical difficulties and high costs

: Uranium One Inc. impaired the Honeymoon project "due to continuing difficulties in the production process and issues in attaining design capacity combined with high mine operation costs". The carrying value of Honeymoon was therefore written down by A$67.8 million. (Uranium One Inc. Nov. 5, 2013)

Honeymoon uranium in situ leach mine now completey owned by Atomredmetzoloto subsidiary Uranium One Inc.

On Nov. 5, 2012, Uranium One Inc. announced that it now owns 100% of the Honeymoon project after receiving all regulatory approvals for the withdrawal of Mitsui from the joint venture.

License violations and reportable events at Honeymoon in-situ leach mine

> See also Honeymoon Uranium Mine Incident Summary (DMITRE)

 

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Olympic Dam, Roxby Downs (South Australia)

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