h2> Member for Lingiari, Warren Snowdon, acknowledges the decision by Northern Territory Government, to withdraw their support for the establishment of a uranium mine at the Angela Pamela site near Alice Springs.
THE HON WARREN SNOWDON MP
Federal Member for Lingiari
Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Defence Science and Personnel and Indigenous Health
September 29 2010
Member for Lingiari, Warren Snowdon, acknowledges the decision by Northern Territory Government, to withdraw their support for the establishment of a uranium mine at the Angela Pamela site near Alice Springs.
Mr Snowdon said the decision reflects the stance of the Alice Springs community.
“I know from talking to people in Alice Springs, that there are significant concerns about Angela Pamela. Not the least, the risk of contamination of the town’s groundwater supplies and the mine’s proximity to the town centre.
“My own opposition to the mine is well known,” Mr Snowdon said.
Mr Snowdon said no action is required by the Commonwealth because there has been no request made by the NT Government to the Commonwealth to approve a mine.
However, he said the Federal Government takes its responsibilities in relation to the potential impact of mining on Alice Springs very seriously.
“During the election we announced funding for a study on the impact of mining operations at the Angela uranium deposit on groundwater supplies for Alice Springs.
“This study by Geoscience Australia would have ensured any future decisions were informed by science, as well as broader community concern.
“The study would have looked at proposed mining and processing methods at Angela, as well as assessing the groundwater and hydro geological characteristics and data for the area, reviewing baseline information such as water levels and quality, and identifying any knowledge gaps.”
The Australian Government’s position with respect to uranium mining is unchanged – the ALP National Conference of 2007 voted to allow new uranium mines in Australia subject to the strictest safety and environmental standards, and with uranium exports allowable only to countries that are signatories to the Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty and have a bilateral safeguards agreement with Australia.
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