Article – EPA grants Kimberley rare earth mine approval

18 August 2014
WA Today
A rare earth elements mine in the Kimberley has been recommended for conditional environmental approval.
Northern Minerals’ flagship venture the Browns Range Project, which is about 160 kilometres south-east of Halls Creek, received the Environmental Protection Authority’s recommendation on Monday.
The mine straddles the West Australian and Northern Territory border on the Browns Range Dome and is expected to produce 279,000 kgs of dysprosium a year over its 10-year mine life.
A Northern Minerals spokeswoman said production was targeted to begin in 2016.
EPA chairman Paul Vogel said the agency recommended several conditions for the mine, including the development of a significant fauna conservation plan before any ground-disturbing activities began.
The EPA’s report will be open for appeal until September 1.
Production was targeted to begin in 2016.
Courtesy of WA Today