Bioaccumulation of heavy metals in McArthur River and tributaries
Environmental monitoring undertaken by McArthur River Mine (MRM) has reported elevated concentrations of some metals in aquatic organisms within the mine lease, but also in limited samples from adjacent catchments. The NT Government (Department of Health, Department of Mines and Energy, Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries) determined that an independent review of the MRM monitoring program and its results was required. The review (this study) aims to assess potential heavy metal contamination emanating from MRM, as well as determining background levels in the broader region based on existing data. The focus is on potential effects on human health from consumption of affected aquatic species.
Last updated: 24 September 2019