Bob Brown Foundation has called for an independent inquiry into yet another tailings spill at Chinese state-owned MMG’s Rosebery mine.
“It’s groundhog day at Rosebery with yet another tailings spill from MMG’s Rosebery mine showing us exactly why plans for a new toxic tailings dam in takayna / Tarkine must be rejected in favour of a safer, cleaner paste fill option,” said takayna / Tarkine Campaigner Scott Jordan.
“The 71 people who have been prosecuted for peacefully defending the takayna rainforest from MMG’s environmental destruction will be waiting to see if MMG is prosecuted for this toxic waste spill. The Gutwein government which backs MMG’s proposed toxic waste dump in the takayna forest cannot overlook this failure of MMG to safely manage its wastes on the other side of the Pieman River,” Environmentalist Bob Brown said.
“This is a clear example of why pumping 25million cubic metres of toxic tailings dam into takayna / Tarkine is unacceptable and why around the world tailings dams are being replaced by safer, cleaner paste fill solutions,” Scott Jordan said.
Paste fill involves dewatering tailings into a powder that can be combined with concrete and returned underground to fill mine voids.
“We are calling for an independent inquiry into this and previous spills given the clear failures of the EPA and Mineral Resources Tasmania to regulate this mine and tailings dams.”
The 2/5 tailings dam at Rosebery was commenced operation in 2018 and was investigated for leaks in 2016 and 2018.