Rum Jungle Environmental Impact Statement open for public comment
The former Rum Jungle Mine Rehabilitation Project Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) has been made available for public comment for a period of six weeks from 25 January to 6 March 2020.
The Northern Territory Government, represented by the Department of Primary Industry and Resources, in partnership with Commonwealth of Australia (represented by the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science), proposes the rehabilitation of the former Rum Jungle Mine site located 6 km north of Batchelor, Northern Territory.
The primary objective of the project is to:
- create a safe and stable environment onsite
- reduce environmental impacts downstream of the site within the East Branch of the Finniss River
- support the proposed Land Use Plan.
The EIS was lodged with the Northern Territory Environment Protection Authority (NT EPA) in accordance with the assessment Bilateral Agreement. It is being assessed under the Environmental Assessment Act 1982 (NT) and the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (Cth).
The Northern Territory Government has worked with the Australian Government and joint Traditional Aboriginal Owners, the Kungarakan and Warai peoples, since 2009 to develop and deliver this preferred rehabilitation strategy for the former Rum Jungle Mine site.
Community consultation is an important part of the environmental assessment process and the public display of the draft EIS provides an effective means of communication of project design and implementation intentions.
Comments by the public on the draft EIS are welcome and can be submitted to the NT EPA via:
- email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- post: GPO Box 3675, Darwin NT 0801
All submissions will be treated as public documents unless confidentiality is requested.
The draft EIS is available from the NT EPA website.