Earlier this week, it was revealed that Shree Minerals had failed to comply with a requirement to move approx 80,000 cubic metres of potentially acid-forming mine waste (currently stored aboveground) into an in-ground pit by 8 May 2016.  Today, the EPA Director confirmed that it has not taken enforcement action, and that Shree Minerals now intends to apply for a new permit to authorise the ongoing aboveground storage of the mine waste.

The original assessment by the EPA Board in 2012 concluded that in-ground storage was the only environmentally sound way to manage waste at Shree’s Nelson Bay River iron ore mine. In 2014, the Supreme Court rejected an amendment allowing aboveground storage, which led to the orders requiring the waste to be moved in-pit by May 2016.

To read the EPA’s statement, click here.