Douglas Mine

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Douglas Mine
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Douglas Mine
Country Australia
Coordinates 37°15′06″S141°49′25″E / 37.2517°S 141.8236°E / -37.2517; 141.8236 Coordinates: 37°15′06″S141°49′25″E / 37.2517°S 141.8236°E / -37.2517; 141.8236
Products Heavy Minerals
Company Iluka Resources

'The Douglas Mine' also known as the 'Douglas and Echo Mine' is a mineral sands mine near the small Western-Victorian town of Balmoral. It was established in 2006 to mine rutile and zircon, and then closed in 2012. [1] Watpac, the construction company responsible for mine operations, estimated that it extracted 7.5 million tonnes of mineral sands from the mine. [2]


Current Status

Iluka Resources stated that it is committed to rehabilitating the site. [3] However The Age Newspaper reported that Iluka Resources "is seeking approval to continue to operate the Douglas mine site as a dumping ground for up to 20 years because laws require mining companies to be operating a mine in the state to be able to process and store byproduct." [4] The ABC reported that radioactive gas, a byproduct of the mineral sand mining, had been reported at levels that exceeded the "maximum for public exposure". [5] After the mine closed, The Wimmera Mail-Times reported that local landowners were concerned that the levels of air and water contamination were not being independently monitored. [6] However, the Victorian Environment Protection Authority declared that "it has found that neither pollution or environmental hazard has occurred nor is likely to occur in the future as a result of current and proposed Pit 23 disposal activities." [7]

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