Iluka Resources have been cleared by Victoria’s mining department over accusations of improper dumping and rehabilitation practices at its Douglas mineral sands mine.
The company was accused of overfilling several mine voids and inadequately rehabilitating land at its former mine near Horsham.
The Horsham Council, along with the Kanagulk Landcare Group, referred the issue to the state’s mining warden in 2015, with Victoria’s Resources Department conducting a site audit.
It was found not to be in breach of the audit criteria, and did not exceed disposal limits of the 2009 work plan variation.
Horsham council will decide in June whether to grant a planning permit to the company to continue dumping its radioactive mine waste there for the next 15 to 20 years.
Iluka shut down their Jacinth-Ambrosia mine in April 2016 for 18 to 24 months due to the company’s shareholder focused objective of improving cash flow during subdued market demand.