Australia Reverses Rio Mine Decision

An Australian environmental body has reversed a decision to halt a multi-billion dollar iron ore mine development by Canadian international mining giant Rio Tinto.

In March the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) opposed the mining project due to a rare species of insect called a troglofauna a tiny creature that lives underground, often in the paths of ancient dried waterways.

The EPA now says it has given detailed environmental guideance for the Mesa A iron ore mining project.

The new mine is planned for the Robe River Valley and is forecast to produce 220 million tonnes of iron ore a year.

By staff writer