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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin

Radioactive spill in Kakadu worries local community

Date posted: 10 December 2013

The community of Mudginberri, on Magela Creek in the Northern Territory, is concerned about a recent radioactive spill at the Ranger uranium mine, only seven kilometres upstream from the community.

The mine's operator, Energy Resources Australia, said no one was hurt as a consequence of the spill which started on Saturday, and that multiple containment systems prevented the spill having any impact on the Kakadu National Park. 'All water monitoring points have reported normal readings,' the company said.

However, the community still has concerns for the health of residents. Justin O'Brien, chief executive of the Gundjeihmi Aboriginal Corporation, which represents the local Mirarr people, said, 'That creek is flowing right past the mine and into the community, where they fish and hunt, get barramundi, catfish, mussels. They drink the water. They play in it. People are worried sick.'

The spill is the latest in a series of more than 120 incidents at Ranger, where uranium has been mined and processed for more than 30 years.

Source: Brisbane Times



Last updated: 10 December 2013
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