Phosphate expansion denied

A proposed phosphate mine expansion on Christmas Island has been refused by Environment Minister Peter Garrett.

A proposed phosphate mine expansion on Christmas Island has been refused by Environment Minister Peter Garrett.

The proposal, from Phosphate Resources, would see 250 hectares of rainforest cleared to expand phosphate mining operations.

The application has been refused due to the damage the operations would have on local and migratory bird life, Garrett said.

This is the second time the Government has rejected the expansion of the phosphate project, with former Environment Minister Malcolm Turnbull also denying the application, however this decision was later overturned by the Federal Court due to administrative failings.

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