Western Australia’s First Uranium Mine Receives EPA Approval
Western Australia’s Environmental Protection Agency granted approval to develop the first uranium mine in the country. This mine is expected to start production sometime between 2014 and 2015 and remain open for approximately 14 years.
The project will create approximately 350 jobs during construction and 200 permanent positions. The site will be located in Wiluna and is expected to export about four to five containers of uranium each month. For those living around the prospective site, the EPA confirmed there would be little exposure to uranium. The site will be carefully monitored to prevent any abnormal exposure levels.
Uranium is most commonly used to create nuclear energy. Globally, 30 nations use nuclear energy to produce 16 percent of the world’s electricity. Uranium is also used for research and medical purposes, such as diagnosing and treating cancer.
Although the EPA has approved the first uranium mine in Australia, public appeals will be heard until June 5th.