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