The Minister for Environment of Western Australia has lifted the temporary ban on Ivernia’s transport operations at the Magellan mine in Western Australia.

The firm’s subsidiary, Magellan Metals expects to resume transport operations in the next two weeks at the Magellan mine, which was temporarily shutdown on 5 January 2011 after powdered lead carbonate was found outside sealed bags in shipping containers.

The Office of the Environmental Protection Authority of
Western Australia has confirmed that no lead in container air samples exceeded the baseline and there is no risk to the community from the transport process of double-lined bags within sealed shipping containers.

The minister has also issued interim conditions, including defined timeframes for dispatching samples for analysis and reporting of monitoring samples above baseline levels.

Ivernia president and CEO Alan De’ath said the government has confirmed after its review that there is no public health risk posed by the sealed shipping container transport process from the Magellan mine.

Magellan Metals will notify regulators and the community of monitoring results, and appoint an independent third party auditor to periodically audit Magellan Metals’ implementation of its health, hygiene and environmental management and monitoring programmes.