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Australia approves BHP’s Olympic Dam mine expansion

Reuters: BHP Billiton moved closer to an estimated $20 billion to $30 billion expansion of its Olympic Dam copper and uranium mine after winning environmental approvals on Monday for the project in the deserts of southern Australia. The approvals give BHP the green light to nearly quadruple the mine’s copper output to 750,000 tonnes annually to help feed a growing market in Asia, especially China, where copper consumption is forecast to surge 6 percent this year. Continue reading

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Pittsylvania County uranium site prone to flooding, study says

Roanoke Times: A piece of Pittsylvania County land that may one day be a uranium mine is the site of “frequent and pervasive flooding,” according to a study by an environmental group. Floodwaters may carry the risk of radioactive contamination from uranium mining waste, called tailings, that would be stored underground at the mine site, said a report released Monday by the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League Continue reading

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