Perth train passengers most satisfied rail commuters in Australia: survey
Rail sounds spectator safety alert
Hunter workers in running to build new train fleet
Rail access deal on arbitration track
Manage grain on rail issue: WAFarmers
Growers fear January rail access issues
West Australian rail network operator says state government investment needed to reopen Tier 3 rail freight lines
FMG mulls railway expansion
Western Australia needs a state-wide infrastructure plan to support mining and resources growth, says peak industry body
Historic Golden Mile Loopline Railway from Kalgoorlie to Boulder in WA Goldfields set to live again
The Canadian company that breached strict lead transport rules several times in Western Australia will be allowed to again move product from its Mid West mine to Fremantle Port, the state government says.
Magellan Metals, owned by Toronto-based Ivernia, in 2007 was barred from shipping lead from its Wiluna mine to the southern WA port of Esperance after extensive lead contamination was discovered in the town.
The company ran into trouble again in 2010 when traces of airborne lead were found in containers carrying sealed bags of lead carbonate railed to Fremantle.
But on Friday, WA Environment Minister Bill Marmion said some of the lead exceedances in 2011 had been attributed to historical lead handling at various sites and not to Magellan's recent operations, while other exceedances were a result of naturally occurring lead levels in the environment.
'Despite the detection of several lead exceedances last year, no lead concentrate was found to have escaped into the environment from the double-lined bags within Magellan's locked shipping containers,' Mr Marmion said in a statement.
He said the company would be allowed to ship lead carbonate concentrate through Fremantle for up to five years, subject to rigorous conditions.
The concentrate would be contained in sealed bulk bags inside steel shipping containers.
The company must continue to undertake comprehensive sampling for lead carbonate concentrate in soil, water and air along the transport route from Wiluna to Fremantle, Mr Marmion said.
'The conditions being placed on this company are extremely rigorous, strengthening the auditing, monitoring and reporting requirements,' Mr Marmion said.
The onus was on Magellan to demonstrate that they could meet the stringent conditions and rebuild community confidence and trust, he said.
This article first appeared on www.skynews.com.au
About this website
Railpage version 3.10.0.0037
All logos and trademarks in this site are property of their respective owner. The comments are property of their posters, all the rest is © 2003-2020 Interactive Omnimedia Pty Ltd.
You can syndicate our news using one of the RSS feeds.