Traditional owners of Kakadu National Park in the Northern Territory are calling for a binding commitment for ongoing monitoring of the rehabilitation of the Ranger Uranium Mine.
Rio Tinto have announced they will spend around $750 million to rehabilitate the mine site over a five-year period.
Scientists, Traditional Owners and the Federal Government have expressed concern with the short timeline and are calling on the mining giant to commit to funding ongoing monitoring of the site’s rehabilitation.
Gunjeihmi Aboriginal Corporation CEO Justin O’Brien welcomes the company’s announced funding for rehabilitation; however, they are not confident in the timeline.
Federal Environment Minister Sussan Ley says the Government is looking at options for keeping Rio Tinto to their obligations.
Rio Tinto has been in the limelight in recent times following its blasting of 46,000 year old sacred caves at Juukan Gorge in the Pilbara.