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Rehabilitation of the Former Rum Jungle Mine Site

Department of Primary Industry and Resources

The Department of Primary Industry and Resources, the Proponent, proposes rehabilitation activities to address long-term environmental legacy issues at the former Rum Jungle mine site, including the satellite sites Mount Fitch and Mount Burton, located 6 km north of Batchelor, Northern Territory.

The NT EPA decided that the Rehabilitation of the Former Rum Jungle Mine Site required assessment under the Environmental Assessment Act 1982 at the level of an EIS. It is a controlled action and will require assessment and approval under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 before it can proceed. The controlling provisions are:

  • Listed threatened species and communities (sections 18 & 18A)
  • Protection of the environment from nuclear actions (sections 21 & 22A)


The proposal is being assessed under the bilateral agreement between the NT and Australian Governments. The NT EPA issued Terms of Reference for the preparation of the EIS on 17 March 2017.

On 23 September 2019, the Proponent submitted a notification of alterations to the Proposal under clause 14A of the Environmental Assessment Administrative Procedures 1984. The NT EPA considers that the altered Proposal has the potential to significantly impact the environment and it should continue to be assessed at the level of an EIS.