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Thursday, 18 July 2013

Antimony mining could affect our water for millenia

'BELLINGEN Shire Council will erect health warning signs downstream from the derelict antimony processing plant at Urunga following worrying early results of a water testing program.

Results received so far have been consistent with those from a NSW Beachwatch program conducted
Existing signage at Urunga
in the area a decade ago, which indicated elevated levels of antimony and arsenic at Station Creek, which flows from the plant into the Urunga Lagoon.

Workers decide how to remediate the polluted lagoon.
Council’s deputy general manager for Environment and Planning, Stephen Taylor, said a review of the current test results indicated it was unsafe to swim or fish in the vicinity, and so health warning signs would be posted.

“Obviously this has been an ongoing problem and I am not sure why these signs were not installed 10 years ago,” Mr Taylor said.

“Plans are now well underway for the remediation of the Urunga site and hopefully we will see an improvement in the future.”

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