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Senator Robert Hill
Leader of the Government in the Senate
Minister for the Environment

Media Release

Environmental Assessment of Jabiluka Mine Proposal


15 May 1996
(59/96)

The Minister for the Environment, Senator Robert Hill, has received a referral under the Environment Protection (Impact of Proposals) Act from the Minister for Resources and Energy, Senator Warwick Parer, in relation to a proposal by ERA to develop a uranium mine at Jabiluka in the Northern Territory.

Under the EPIP Act, Senator Hill is now required to determine the level and scope of environmental impact assessment of the proposal.

The Minister will seek the advice of his department, in particular the Environment Protection Agency, in relation to this matter.

Senator Hill has re-stated his commitment to a rigorous and transparent process in dealing with the environmental assessment of any proposal to mine uranium.

The process will also involve appropriate levels of public participation.

There will be no short cuts and no secret deals.

The Government has made protection of the environment a high priority.

Any proposal to mine uranium will be assessed under the strictest environmental and heritage guidelines and with regard to international nuclear safeguards.

The Government will also specifically ensure Australia fulfils its obligations under the World Heritage Convention.

Contact: Matt Brown 0419 693 515

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