Jim McGinty

Jim McGinty

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Gordon Hill

Gordon Hill

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    Environmental clearance for rare earth mine

    10/11/1992 12:00 AM
     
     
    Environment Minister Jim McGinty has given environmental clearance for a proposed rare earth mine and processing operation in Western Australia.
     
    Mr McGinty said he had approved plans by Ashton Rare Earths Limited to build a mine at Mount Weld, about 230 kilometres north-east of Kalgoorlie, and transport the mined material nearly 900 kilometres south-west to Meenar near Northam for processing.
     
    Mr McGinty said the development would not be at the expense of the environment.
     
    "A comprehensive environmental management program will be implemented to ensure that any potential impact on the environment is controlled and properly managed," he said.
     
    Mr McGinty said the company had made commitments to comply with Environmental Protection Authority pollution control standards, carry out water management and groundwater monitoring, and rehabilitate disturbed areas at Mount Weld.
     
    Mines Minister Gordon Hill said the project had the potential to earn Western Australia $100 million by the end of the decade and employ about 200 people during the construction stage.
     
    "It will also provide about 75 permanent jobs at the mine and at the proposed Meenar industrial park," Mr Hill said.
     
    "The deposit at Mount Weld is a high-grade, world-class resource and the market for rare earths is expanding rapidly - especially in Europe, Japan and America."
     
    Rare earths products are used in electric lighting, television tubes, the manufacture of high-strength magnets and as ultraviolet light filters.