Uranium miner still set on WA mine despite approval knockback, Indigenous opposition

Uranium miner still set on WA mine despite approval knockback, Indigenous opposition

A multinational mining company says it remains committed to a controversial uranium project in WA, despite the state government declining to extend its environmental approval.

Canada-based Cameco Corporation spent US$430 million acquiring the Yeelirrie uranium deposit, near Wiluna in the northern Goldfields, in 2012.

It is one of the largest uranium deposits in the country.

Earlier this year, the project’s approval expired due to a failure to commence work.Last week, WA Environment Minister Reece Whitby denied the firm’s application to have the approval extended. Relief for traditional owners and conservationists The Conservation Council of WA and Tjiwarl traditional owners welcomed that decision, after 50 years of campaigning against the project.Traditional owner Vicky Abdullah said it meant a "threat" was over. "It was a bad decision in the first place and after years in court and fighting to defend our country this news is a great relief," Ms Abdullah said. Other conservationists also […]

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