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Assessment of the environmental impact statement for the proposed expansion of the Olympic Dam operations at Roxby Downs

Abstract

This Environmental Assessment Report assesses the social, environmental and economic impact of the proposal by Western Mining Corporation (Olympic Dam Corporation) Pty Ltd. (WMC) to increase their production at Olympic Dam mine from 150,000t/a of copper and associated products to 350,000t/a by a phased expansion. The first phase would take production to approximately 200,000t/a. The report reviews the 1997 Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), public comments on the EIS, and the proponent's responses to these comments in the Supplement to the EIS. It also relies on information, comments and advice provided by appropriate South Australian and Commonwealth government agencies (through the joint assessment process) and previous studies undertaken in the region.The focus of the contents of this assessment report are: water usage; tailing management; radiation management; economic and employment estimates; EIS process, regulation and monitoring as well as flora, fauna and town management issues. This report also recognises that the Olympic Dam mine has been subject to previous environmental assessments which resulted in the environmental regime currently in place for the existing operations.It is concluded that the risks to the biophysical, historical, cultural and social environments from the proposed Olympic dam expansion are acceptable provided the mine continues to operate under  More>>
Publication Date:
Jul 01, 1997
Product Type:
Technical Report
Report Number:
INIS-AU-0047
Reference Number:
EDB-00:113700
Resource Relation:
Other Information: PBD: 1997
Subject:
54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENTS; ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS; OLYMPIC DAM MINE; RADIATION MONITORING; RECOMMENDATIONS; ROXBY DOWNS DEPOSIT; SOCIO-ECONOMIC FACTORS; SOUTH AUSTRALIA; TAILINGS; URANIUM MINES; WATER POLICY; WATER QUALITY
OSTI ID:
20073970
Research Organizations:
Environment Australia Department of the Environment: Planning South Australia Department for Transport, Urban Planning and the Arts, (Australia)
Country of Origin:
Australia
Language:
English
Other Identifying Numbers:
TRN: AU0019630033895
Availability:
Available from INIS in electronic form
Submitting Site:
INIS
Size:
61 pages
Announcement Date:
Dec 19, 2000

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title = {Assessment of the environmental impact statement for the proposed expansion of the Olympic Dam operations at Roxby Downs}
author = {None}
abstractNote = {This Environmental Assessment Report assesses the social, environmental and economic impact of the proposal by Western Mining Corporation (Olympic Dam Corporation) Pty Ltd. (WMC) to increase their production at Olympic Dam mine from 150,000t/a of copper and associated products to 350,000t/a by a phased expansion. The first phase would take production to approximately 200,000t/a. The report reviews the 1997 Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), public comments on the EIS, and the proponent's responses to these comments in the Supplement to the EIS. It also relies on information, comments and advice provided by appropriate South Australian and Commonwealth government agencies (through the joint assessment process) and previous studies undertaken in the region.The focus of the contents of this assessment report are: water usage; tailing management; radiation management; economic and employment estimates; EIS process, regulation and monitoring as well as flora, fauna and town management issues. This report also recognises that the Olympic Dam mine has been subject to previous environmental assessments which resulted in the environmental regime currently in place for the existing operations.It is concluded that the risks to the biophysical, historical, cultural and social environments from the proposed Olympic dam expansion are acceptable provided the mine continues to operate under stringent environmental control.}
place = {Australia}
year = {1997}
month = {Jul}
}