Magellan review Wiluna lead plans

Magellan Metals is deciding the future of its controversial lead mine.

Ivernia, the owner of Magellan, has raised nearly $20 million to fund care and maintenance while it carries out a review of the lead mine, the West Australian has reported.

The miner has previously stated that it will not permanently close the mine after it reported its third breach of its environmental licence in the space of four months. 

Wiluna has come under increased scrutiny following a series of lead contamination scares along its rail line and port berth, after traces of lead were found in dried mud on the outside of the shipping containers holding the sealed bags and lead was transported along undeclared rail lines.

Kalgoorlie MP John Bowler said it would be disappointing if a permanent ban was places on Magellan Metals and an environmental analysis should be done prior to a decision being made on the future of Magellan.

“They’ve voluntarily closed down," he said.

“Let’s wait until we get the final analysis of what’s happened here and let’s hope that it doesn’t drag on too long, because there are a lot of people here whose jobs are at stake.”

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