Inquiry into Environmental Regulation of Uranium Mining

Senate Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts References Committee

Inquiry into Environmental Regulation of Uranium Mining

The Senate has referred the above matter to the Committee for inquiry and report by 14 October 2003. The terms of reference are:

The regulatory, monitoring, and reporting regimes that govern environmental performance at the Ranger and Jabiluka uranium operations in the Northern Territory and the Beverley and Honeymoon in situ leach operations in South Australia, with particular reference to:

(a) the adequacy, effectiveness and performance of existing monitoring and reporting regimes and regulations;

(b) the adequacy and effectiveness of those Commonwealth agencies responsible for the oversight and implementation of these regimes; and

(c) a review of Commonwealth responsibilities and mechanisms to realise improved environmental performance and transparency of reporting.

The Committee invites written submissions from interested individuals and organisations to be lodged by Friday 9 August 2002. The Committee prefers submissions to be lodged in electronic form, sent by email to The email must include full postal address and contact details. Alternatively, submissions may be sent to the Secretary, Senate ECITA References Committee, Parliament House, Canberra ACT 2600.

Advice on preparing a submission is available on the Committee's web site or by contacting the Secretariat as follows: phone (02) 6277 3526; fax (02) 6277 5818. The web site address is

Submissions become Committee documents and are made public only after a decision by the Committee. Persons making submissions must not release them without the approval of the Committee. Submissions are covered by parliamentary privilege but the unauthorised release of them is not.


Report - Tabled 14 October 2003