Mine site set to be ex­am­ined

Stanthorpe Border Post - - NEWS -

AF­TER more than eight decades of con­cerns, ac­tion is set to be taken on a mine site in Jen­nings.

The NSW En­vi­ron­ment Pro­tec­tion Au­thor­ity and Crown Lands are work­ing to ad­dress the high lev­els of con­tam­i­na­tion on land in Jen­nings on which an arsenic pro­cess­ing plant op­er­ated.

The Jen­nings site was sin­gled out in a 2014 Au­di­tor-Gen­eral’s re­view of the EPA’s han­dling of con­tam­i­nated sites, which queried why the body had not acted sooner given that it had been aware of the con­tam­i­na­tion for nearly 20 years.

Tests have shown sur­face wa­ter con­tain­ing arsenic and cop­per con­cen­tra­tions at the site are 1000 times above the guide­line lim­its, while zinc lev­els were 100 times the limit.

Roads within the des­ig­nated perime­ter, in­clud­ing parts of Glad­stone St, be­tween the sealed sec­tion and Kings St, the track in use on the same route, and a por­tion of the Robin­son St road re­serve, will soon be closed.

The site will be fenced more se­curely and pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion and a de­tailed in­ves­ti­ga­tion will fol­low.

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