Target: Industry Minister for Australia Ian Macfarlane
Goal: Cease operations at Ranger uranium mine after toxic spill
Australian Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane allowed the Ranger uranium mine to restart when a toxic spill put the mine out of operation. However, green activists are calling foul because the mine is able to restart before the report detailing the toxic spill was released to the public. The mine is already located in a national park, and such treasured land shouldn’t be mined or contaminated. The mine needs to be shut down immediately before further harm comes to the land.
In December 2013, the collapse of a leach tank resulted in the leak of a million liters of toxic, radioactive, and acidic slurry. The company, Energy Resources Australia (ERA) says there was no environmental damages and the chief executive Andrea Sutton said that while the spill was a serious incident, they also realized that the company lost a lot of confidence from the community. The company anticipates to return to normal production very soon, where it will produce 1,100 to 1,500 tons of uranium oxide.
There have been complaints that the leak may not be properly cleaned up, and ERA has plans to expand the site. The company wants to open a new uranium site called Ranger 3 Deeps, which contains at least 34,000 tons of uranium. It is one of the most recent massive discoveries of uranium.
The public, particularly green activists, is not comfortable with the restart of the mine, especially since the report conducted on the toxic spill wasn’t released to the public before the restart was even announced. Because of its lack of transparency and safety issues, the Ranger mine shouldn’t be open for operations. Sign this petition and urge the industry minister to shut down the mine until the toxic spill has been safely cleaned up and repairs are made.
Dear Ian Macfarlane,
I am growing greatly concerned over the safety regulations in the Ranger mine, which was recently restarted by you. The restart was issued before a report regarding the incident of a toxic spill was even released to the public. The lack of transparency has many worried that Energy Resources Australia is hiding something. What’s worse is that some believe the toxic spill wasn’t cleaned up properly.
Uranium mines contain radioactive and acidic materials which are extremely harmful to the environment and people. I do not believe that ERA is acting in the best interest for the public or the environment and I am urging you shut down the Ranger mine until the public is assured that the cleanup was safely conducted and the mines are safe for the environment and the people.
[Your Name Here]
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