Lead contamination shuts Magellan mine

Mining has stopped at Magellan Mines’ Wiluna site following Government orders to cease transportation of lead from the mine.

Mining has stopped at Magellan Mines’ Wiluna site following Government orders to cease transportation of lead from the mine.

The miner was ordered to cease transportation of lead after powdered lead carbonate was discovered outside of sealed bags inside containers bound for the Port of Fremantle.

Magellan said that it has halted operations at Wiluna due to the “current uncertainty surrounding the timeline to recommence shipments”.

Approximately 70 staff have been suspended from the northern Goldfields mine, however the miner has stated that it will retain the workforce to ensure that the mine can recommence operations as soon as the orders are lifted.

A small crew of employees will also be kept at the site to carry out the shut down and ensure plant integrity.

“It is important we retain our overall team ready for a prompt restart as soon as possible after the order is lifted,” chief executive of Magellan’s parent company Ivernia, Alan De’ath said.

“We appreciate their loyalty and commitment as we continue to work towards fulfilling the requirement set out by the Minister for Environment to allow the resumption of transport of lead carbonate from the Magellan mine.”

No elevated lead levels at Magellan’s storage area at the Fremantle port were reported following testing by the West Australian Department of Environment and Conservation.

The temporary shutdown will be re-evaluated on a weekly basis.

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