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Media Release: Open for Comment - Draft Terms of Reference for the Preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement.McArthur River Mine Overburden Management Project

29 Aug 2014

The Northern Territory Environment Protection Authority (NT EPA) has released the draft Terms of Reference (ToR) for the preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement for the McArthur River Mine Overburden Management Project for public review.

The McArthur River Mine (MRM) is located approximately 45 km south-west of the township of Borroloola and 470 km south-east of Darwin, in the Gulf Region of the Northern Territory. MRM is the world's largest producer of zinc in bulk concentrate form and zinc concentrate.

MRM has identified a significant increase in the amount of problematic waste rock, including pyritic shales, generated as part of this project. This waste rock can produce acid metalliferous and/or saline mine drainage, that has the potential to cause significant impact to the environment if not managed correctly.

An appropriate design for the waste rock dump and sufficient water management infrastructure are required to ensure significant environmental impacts do not occur.

The draft Terms of Reference were developed by the NT EPA to assist MRM in preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Overburden Management Project.

The draft Terms of Reference are available for public comment for 14 calendar days commencing on Saturday 30 August 2014. Comments are to be submitted on or before COB Friday 12 September 2014.

The NT EPA will then finalise and issue the Terms of Reference to MRM for preparation of the EIS.
To obtain a copy of the draft Terms of Reference and to make a submission visit https://ntepa.nt.gov.au/envirocomment.

Media contact – Lesley Major   0419 288 284