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Final report into the Ranger leach tank incident

22 October 2014

Joint media release with the Northern Territory Minister for Mines and Energy, the Hon. Willem Westra van Holthe MLA

The Australian Minister for Industry, Ian Macfarlane, and Northern Territory Minister for Mines and Energy, Willem Westra van Holthe, have released the findings of the final independent expert report into the leach tank failure at Ranger uranium mine.

The peer-reviewed report contains five findings and seven recommendations.  This report completes the rigorous assessment of Energy Resources of Australia’s (ERA) approach to process safety and governance by independent experts, Noetic Risk Solutions and HRL Technology.

“With the Northern Territory Government, the Australian Government will undertake two years of quarterly monitoring ERA’s progress toward improved process safety,” Mr Macfarlane said.

“It is critical that ERA improves process safety practices at Ranger to ensure mining activities continue to have no impact on Kakadu National Park.”

Mr Westra van Holthe said that the incident caused no offsite environmental impacts and that the report will assist ERA in improving their practices.

“ERA must ensure day-to-day safety on site; the protection of workers and the environment is paramount,” Mr Westra van Holthe said.

Mr Macfarlane and Mr Westra van Holthe thanked the members of the Ranger Incident Taskforce for their efforts, in particular the contributions by the Gundjeihmi Aboriginal Corporation and the Northern Land Council.

A joint statement from the Northern Territory and Australian Governments, including the findings and recommendations of the independent expert’s final report, can be found here: www.industry.gov.au/RIEI-Findings-Recommendations

Media contacts: Mr Macfarlane's office 02 6277 7070