22 May 2012
Western Australia's Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has recommended that the state's first uranium mine, Toro Energy's Wiluna, be allowed to go ahead.
The EPA has formally submitted a 109-page report of its findings on the project to the state minister for environment, concluding that it meets environmental approval requirements and should be allowed to proceed subject to various conditions being met.
Wiluna, which comprises the Centipede and Lake Way uranium deposits, contains uranium resources of 24,360 t U3O8 (20,657 tU). Discovered in the early 1970s, Wiluna is set to become the first uranium project to receive a positive EPA recommendation since Western Australia's government formally lifted its ban on uranium mining in 2008.
EPA chairman Paul Vogel said that the authority recognised the high public interest in the state's first uranium mine project.
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