Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Magellan to recommence lead transport

Magellan Metals is expected to resume operations at its Wiluna mine site and transport lead through the port of Fremantle within weeks after the West Australian government lifted its ban.
Magellan was forced to cease transporting the material on December 31, 2010, while an investigation was held to determine if the company had exceeded lead limits imposed on it.
But an independent review of Magellan's air quality monitoring in shipping containers has found lead levels do not exceed the limits set as part of approval conditions, says Environment Minister Bill Marmion.
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He said the Office of the Environmental Protection Authority (OEPA) was satisfied the levels were within allowed limits and posed no risk to human health or the environment.
The review of 28 air quality results from the shipping containers was conducted by a Sydney-based National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) accredited assessor and former CSIRO scientist.
The findings are consistent with the results of independent sampling by the Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC).
However, Mr Marmion said, that due to public concern about Magellan's compliance with its monitoring and reporting requirements, he had ordered an OEPA review of the conditions.
"Part of that investigation will look at the possibility of shipping lead carbonate in ingot form," he said.
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