The NT Government has approved McArthur River Mining amended Mining Management Plan 2020, enabling the continuation of mining activities and ongoing employment of around 1000 employees and contractors.
The McArthur River Mine, which has been operating since 1995 is one of the world's largest zinc resources, and the government says it will play a key role in supporting Territory jobs for decades to come.
The Mining Management Plan 2020 outlines MRMs sustainable ongoing resource development in the Territory in a way which minimises environmental impacts and ensures long-term beneficial land uses after closure.
Several of the conditions discuss protecting the health of McArthur River "along its whole length at all times from mine related impacts" and that "water quality in the McArthur River meets locally derived guidelines determined in accordance with national standards, and onsite creeks show improving trends within 20 years after mining stops".
McArthur River Mining is now authorised to begin activities detailed in the Overburden Management Project, which includes the 30 recommendations developed by the NT EPA.
MRM must also comply with all relevant legislative requirements and conditions of Authorisation, including those relating to the Northern Territory Aboriginal Sacred Sites Act 1989.
The Authorisation includes approval of the Mining Management Plan and Independent Monitor's review of the Adaptive Management Plan (AMP) for the mine.
For more information or to view the reports visit: www.nt.gov.au/mining-reports
Mining Minister Nicole Manison said:"The Government is supporting jobs and protecting the environment through strict regulation for the McArthur River Mine and its future operations.
"The approval of the amended Mining Management Plan 2020, ensures McArthur River Mine can continue to operate in an environmentally safe and responsible manner - while continuing to support thousands of Territory jobs."
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