Mining company apologises for uranium waste
Marathon apologises for uranium waste it buried at Arkaroola (Margaret Sprigg)
The chairman of Marathon Resources has made a formal apology to the owners of Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary for his company’s misconduct at the site in outback South Australia.
The company dumped thousands of uranium drill samples in plastic and calico bags in two large trenches in the sanctuary last year.
The SA Government ordered Marathon to produce a detailed report on how it would rehabilitate the site.
That plan has been approved this week by the Department of Primary Industries and Resources.
In an address to shareholders, chairman Peter Williams apologised to everyone who had been affected by Marathon’s wrongdoing, especially the owners of the Arkaroola sanctuary, Doug and Marg Sprigg.
Mr Williams said he accepted responsibility on behalf of the board for breaches in the exploration licence.
He said systematic change was required in the company to change its culture towards the community and the environment.
A clean-up of the 35 tonnes of waste could begin within a fortnight and is expected to take up to two months.
Mr Williams confident a suspension on the company’s work will be lifted by the SA Government.
“They acknowledge that there is a very large resource and some obligations under our exploration licence to make sure that we comply with all the regulations and so on and, if we’re doing that, there’s absolutely no reason why we can’t return to a drilling program,” he said.
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