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Arafura’s rare earth project in NT receives environmental approval

A world leading rare earths mine project 135km northwest of Alice Springs and the 300 permanent jobs that go with it is now almost certain.

Arafura Resources Limited, which gained major project status from the Commonwealth Government in 2016 for its Nolans Rare Earths Project, is aiming to become one of the world’s largest suppliers of rare earth magnets. The Northern Territory Environment Protection Authority has recommended the mine, 10km west of Aileron roadhouse and the Aboriginal community of Alyuen, for environmental approval subject to conditions regarding appropriate operational controls.

It has identified potentially significant environmental impacts and risks associated with the proposal and made 16 recommendations to avoid and mitigate those impacts.

NT EPA chairman, Dr Paul Vogel, said while the proposal came with long-term environmental risks that would require a high level of ongoing regulatory scrutiny across government, the implementation of its recommendations would prevent or mitigate potential environmental impacts and risks from implementation of the project.

Arafura managing director Gavin Lockyer said the completion of the NT EPA’s assessment was a key milestone in Nolans’ advancement to a final investment decision (FID). “Our sustainability team has worked diligently alongside our environmental consultants to produce comprehensive, quality documentation to support the passage of the Nolans project through the Northern Territory environmental approvals process,” he said. Read more…

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