from David Noonan:
Olympic Dam Alert: BHP propose a major new Evaporation Pond 6 for radioactive acid liquor wastes that will continue deaths of hundreds of birds each year
The federal government are inviting comments on BHPâ€™s â€œOlympic Dam Evaporation Pond 6â€ EPBC Act Referral 2019/8526 Â (scroll down to Date of Notice 21/10/2019).
Public submissions are only open until cob Monday 4th Nov 2019, see info on how to do so at end of this e-mail.
Please consider making a brief submission, key Recommendations are provided below, along with a Background Briefing Paper and a feature press article â€œBHP vs Birdsâ€.
For info see â€œMigratory Birds at Risk of Mortality if BHP Continues Use of Evaporation Pondsâ€ a 3 page Briefing written by David Noonan for the ACF, Friends of the Earth and Conservation SA (30 June 2019)
see â€œBIRDS VS BHP: Evaporation ponds at BHPâ€™s Olympic Dam mine are killing hundreds of birdsâ€ article in The Advertiser 10 July 2019
Hundreds of birds are dying each year after mistaking Olympic Damâ€™s evaporation ponds for wetlands. Environment campaigners want the miner to stop using them…Â
A set of Key Recommendations on these issues to please make to the federal government:Â
- The federal government must subject BHPâ€™s Olympic Dam Evaporation Pond 6 Referral to a public environmental impact assessment process
The federal government must not just approve this major new Olympic Dam Evaporation Pond 6 on the basis of limited non-independent BHP referral documents. Federal responsibilities to protect Matters of National Environmental Significance require the rigor and transparency of a public environmental impact assessment process. BHP can-not be allowed to be the sole arbiter over continued and unnecessary deaths of hundreds of birds each year on Olympic Dam acid liquor evaporation ponds.
- BHP must stop the use of Evaporation Ponds in order to reduce mortality to protected Bird Species
The federal government should not approve or allow BHPâ€™s proposed major new Evaporation Pond 6, which will contribute to the deaths of hundreds of birds at Olympic Dam.… Read more >>