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Australia – Queensland Government Reopens Uranium Mining Applications.

24 August, 2014

 

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What You Need To Know

 

  • The Queensland Government has announced it is ready to accept applications for uranium mining in Queensland.

 

On 1 August 2014, the Queensland Government announced the next step in uranium mining in
Queensland.

 

    Key elements to the regulation of uranium mining in Queensland In a Media Release the Government highlighted the five key elements for recommencing uranium mining, which are outlined in the adjacent table. 

    Further information can be found on the Queensland Department of Natural Resources and
    Mines’ website.

     

    Five Key Elements For Recommencing Uranium Mining

     

      1. Applications for uranium projects will be assessed by the Queensland Coordinator-
      General through the State Development and Public Works Organisation Act 1971 (Qld).
      2. Environmental assessments and approvals for projects will be completed jointly by the Queensland and Commonwealth Governments.
      3. Uranium will be exported through existing licensed ports in Darwin and South Australia
      (there are no ports in Queensland licensed for the export of uranium).
      4. Export of uranium will only be permitted to countries that have a bilateral safeguard
      arrangement with Australia and only for peaceful purposes.
      5. Nuclear energy production or waste disposal plants will not be permitted.

       

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      For further information, please contact:

       

      Gavin Scott, Partner, Ashurst

      gavin.scott@ashurst.com

       

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