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Open for public comment
Draft Environmental Impact Statement for McArthur River Mine Overburden Management Project

22 Mar 2017

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. The concentrate is transported from the mine to the Bing Bong loading facility 100 km north-east of the mine.

The Overburden Management Project originated from an improved understanding of the overburden (waste rock) geochemistry and the need to manage it differently from previous proposals. 

The key elements covered by the Project EIS are:

  • the redesign of the overburden emplacement facilities (waste rock dumps) to manage overburden geochemistry
  • repositioning and reduction of footprint of overburden emplacement facilities
  • removal and re-processing of tailings waste and placement within the open cut void on cessation of processing, and rehabilitation of the former Tailings Storage Facility area
  • a revised open cut final void closure strategy
  • monitoring and management plans for the ongoing protection of the downstream environment.


The draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for McArthur River Mine Overburden Management Project will be available for public comment until Wednesday 3 May 2017. Submissions can be made by emailing eia.ntepa@nt.gov.au. The Statement is available on the NT EPA webpage: www.nt.gov.au/envirocomment