Minister for the Environment Sussan Ley’s declaration that MMG’s proposed toxic waste dump in the takayna / Tarkine rainforest is a ‘controlled action’, requiring an environmental impact assessment, means its bulldozers should get out of the Tarkine immediately, Bob Brown said today.
“MMG’s heavy machinery should never have been allowed into such a magnificent rainforest and wildlife area. We contend that it was not lawful and today’s decision by the Minister for the Environment confirms that opinion. MMG’s maverick behaviour has led to the needless arrest of nearly 70 good people making a stand for one of Australia’s environment gems where the state and federal governments failed. Ms Ley should be charging MMG for pre-empting her decision in such an arrogant and outrageous fashion.”
“We will have forest defenders on site tomorrow morning but they will stand aside for MMG’s bulldozers if they are reversing out of takayna / Tarkine,” BBF Campaign Manager Jenny Weber said.
“The Minister should have cleared the air properly and made a definitive decision that this tailings dam does not belong in the rainforests of takayna / Tarkine when there are several options for MMG nearer the mine and outside this priceless area,” she said.