Mega Uranium update
Thursday, June 24th, 2010
Mega Uranium Ltd. provided an update on the development of its Lake Maitland Uranium Project in Western Australia. The Environmental Scoping Document (“ESD”) for the Project has now been released for public review which is a significant milestone in the approvals process.
The ESD will be available for public review until 5 July during which period any interested persons will be able to make comments about it to the Western Australian Environmental Protection Authority (“EPA”).
The ESD describes Mega’s proposal to develop its Project in the Eastern Goldfields region of Western Australia over an anticipated mine life of 10 years, producing up to 1,000 tonnes per annum of uranium peroxide concentrate. The ESD identifies the key potential environmental impacts in connection with the Project and defines the scope of the environmental investigations and studies that will be carried out to address those impacts.
Mega is required to respond to comments made during the public review period before the ESD is finalised with the EPA. Once finalised, the ESD will provide direction to Mega in preparing the Environmental Review and Management Programme (“ERMP”), which is the next stage in the assessment and approval process.
An ERMP level of assessment has been set by the Western Australian Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) for the Project and is the highest level of assessment in Western Australia. The public review period for the ERMP has been extended from 10 to 14 weeks, which is consistent with the review period for the other uranium projects in close proximity to Lake Maitland.
The ESD can be viewed at www.lakemaitlandproject.com.
A sterilization drilling programme consisting of 42 holes for 1,203 meters over the proposed locations for processing and potential tailings disposal facilities was completed in April 2010. The results are pending downhole gamma logging.
Mega will be applying to the Western Australian Department of Mines and Petroleum to undertake a Test Pit program during the year to enable further evaluation of mining methods and associated groundwater aspects. The proposed program will consist of two 40m by 25m excavations and will take 6 weeks to complete. Mega is also in the final stages of preparation for the groundwater exploration program on Miscellaneous Licence L53/152.
Work is progressing on other aspects of the Definitive Feasibility Study for the Project including metallurgical testwork, engineering and infrastructure design, water management and tailing storage management. Ethnographic, archaeological and non-indigenous heritage surveys over the area of the uranium deposit identified to date have found no sites of significance that would delay development. Further heritage surveys are planned to be undertaken as the Project progresses. The socio-economic impact assessment and community consultations are continuing.