The National Atomic Energy Commission (NAEC) has announced its final report on the mining of uranium in the Wallbridge, Cold River and Rosebud Mining Areas.
The NAEC had said in November that there is a “substantial” possibility of a catastrophic accident in the four uranium mines, but there is no information available on the exact location of the accidents.
The Wallbridge mining area lies about 30 kilometres (19 miles) east of Wallbridge on the North Queensland-South Australia border, and is owned by Wallbridge Mining.
The Cold River mining area is about 80 kilometres (50 miles) west of Cold River on the South Australian-Queensland border, with Cold River Mining owned by South Australia.
Rosebud mines are about 70 kilometres (43 miles) north-west of Rosebodie in the Wirraway district, with Rosebuds owned by Queensland and South Australia respectively.
The report states there is “a risk that a serious accident could occur at any one of the four sites, but it is not known which mine would be at risk”.
The report said “there is little information on the location of a potential accident in these mines”.
It also stated the mining sites have “limited environmental management capacity” and are located at a “significant risk to human health”.
The NAC said in its report that there was “no evidence of any serious environmental damage” at the sites.
The Minerals Council of Australia said in a statement the NAC’s report was “unfounded and highly problematic”.
“The report fails to recognise the risk to the health of the community from a serious incident,” the Minerals Corporation of Australia (MCCA) said.
“There is no evidence of a serious environmental or other health risk to surrounding residents and residents of the surrounding areas.”
A spokesman for the Rosebuden Mines Limited said the company had no comment.
The company’s chairman said the report was based on “poor science and assumptions”.
“It’s not surprising that there’s no independent scientific review done on these projects,” the spokesman said.
Mr Harnie said the Wallbundi Mine would be the only one of its kind in the country.
“We’re going to be able to sell it.
We’re going out of business.”