17 SEPTEMBER 2015 - COMMISSION ANNOUNCES PORT PIRIE PUBLIC SESSION

The Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission has this week confirmed that Port Pirie will host the first of its regional public sessions.

The Commission, which is in the process of investigating the risks and opportunities of South Australia further engaging with the nuclear fuel cycle, will hold the session in Port Pirie on Thursday, October 8, 2015 at the Northern Festival Centre Ballroom from 10.30am to 4pm.

The public session will cover “Environmental Impact – Lessons learned from past SA practices”, with a specific focus on Radium Hill Mine and Port Pirie Rare Earths Treatment Plant legacy sites and case studies.

Witnesses will include representatives from the Department of State Development and the Environment Protection Authority.

Commissioner Kevin Scarce welcomed interested members of the public to attend, saying he expected the topic to be one of great interest to the community.

“I’d hope that many people from within the region will come along to view the Commission’s activities and see the process at work,” he said.

“I know from my visits to Port Pirie that there are many lessons to be learnt from past extraction and processing activities in the region, and I want to explore this further with the expert witnesses.”

He said he expected key issues to be:

  • Environmental impacts of activities carried out on the sites during operations and decommissioning;
  • Legacy issues remaining on the sites as a result of those activities; and
  • The way in which those environmental impacts are regulated during contemporary mining and milling operations.

Commissioner Scarce said the hearings and evidence would help provide valuable factual information to help inform the Commission, as it prepares its final report by May next year.

The other regional public sessions will be in Ceduna and Port Augusta later in the year.

The sessions are planned to be live streamed for those unable to attend in person.

For more information and to access video and transcripts of past sessions, visit www.nuclearrc.sa.gov.au