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Tuesday, 18 November 1986
Page: 2444

(Question No. 1195)

Senator Macklin asked the Minister for Resources and Energy, upon notice, on 11 June 1986:

(1) Is Total Mining Australia, the Western Australian Government, or any other body, planning to transport to any other place, either within Western Australia, any other State of Australia, or to any overseas destination, the yellowcake slurry produced in the mining trials carried out at Manyingee in Western Australia.

(2) If the Government is not aware of any such plans, could it seek an assurance from the relevant bodies, for example, Total Mining Australia and the Western Australian Government, that there are no such plans to move this yellowcake slurry.

(3) If there are plans to transport the yellowcake slurry, would the Minister please advise details.

Senator Gareth Evans —The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

(1, 2 and 3) The yellowcake slurry produced at Manyingee during trials to test alkaline solution mining techniques is being stored on site in a storage facility which conforms with the physical protection requirements of the Australian Safeguards Office. The question of storage arrangements is of course a responsibility of the WA Government which is examining this matter. Irrespective of its location the material will continue to be stored under conditions approved by the Australian Safeguards Office.