Victorian government agencies have joined forces to assess the impact of an overflow from a storage dam at Iluka Resources’ Douglas mine site at Kanagulk, near Horsham in the state’s west.
Iluka Resources’ Douglas mine site is regulated by Earth Resources Regulation (ERR), a branch of the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR).
While the site is regulated by a Victorian mining licence, Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) provides environmental advice to ERR, when requested, and is responsible for regulating discharges beyond the mine licence in accordance with the Environment Protection Act 1970.
Iluka Resources advised EPA of a discharge from its freshwater storage dam into the Glenelg River on Tuesday, following heavy rain in the area.
EPA officers collected water samples from the dam, the discharge point and the Glenelg River. Results are expected within a week and further advice, if required, will be issued then.