The Australian Greens have welcomed Environment Minister Tony Burke's decision to delay assessment of Toro's Wiluna uranium project in Western Australia.
“Toro have been telling nervous investors that Commonwealth approvals were a done deal in 2012,” Senator Scott Ludlam said today.
“Minister Burke has done the right thing in calling the company out on its deficient proposal.
“If the company continues to obfuscate its waste and water management plans, the decision next year should be a resounding 'no'.
“In the wake of Toro's decision to delay capital raising in the face of low uranium prices and the slow collapse of the global nuclear industry, it has been a bad few weeks for the company,” said Senator Ludlam.
WA Greens Mining and Pastoral MLC, Robin Chapple says Minister Burke has made the right call on the flawed proposal.
“I am pleased that Minister Burke has delayed this decision,” Mr Chapple said.
“The proposal is not well conceived or designed. Together with other members of the Greens I have made a submission outlining our serious concerns about this proposal and our reasons for opposing it,”.