Campaigners celebrate acid ban at uranium mine

Photo: Peter Robson

Five activists from Anti-Nuclear NT (ANNT) gathered outside the offices of Energy Resources Australia (ERA) on August 9. They were congratulating the company on its decision to abandon plans to use acid heap leeching at its Ranger uranium mine in Kakadu national park.

Acid heap leeching uses thousands of tonnes of highly toxic acid to release uranium oxide from the soil. It would have sent hundreds of acid-filled trucks along the Northern Territory’s Stuart Highway each day.

ANNT said a better investment would be in the rehabilitation of Kakadu National Park, which ERA has promised, but has yet to seriously plan.