Water Technology joins the McArthur River Mine Independent Monitor

Water Technology joins the McArthur River Mine Independent Monitor

Earlier this year, Dr Richard Walton and Dr Michael Cheetham from Water Technology’s Brisbane office joined the McArthur River Mine Independent Monitor team, under the management of ERIAS Group. The Independent Monitor (IM) team includes experts in the fields of groundwater, geochemistry, hydrology, hydraulics, ecology, geotechnics, water quality, soil and sediment quality, and mine closure. In addition to ERIAS Group, the team consists of six consultancies from across Australia:

  • Water Technology
  • Pell Sullivan Meynick
  • Groundwater Resource Management
  • Environmental Geochemistry International
  • Low Ecological Services
  • Integrated Design Solutions

The IM was first established in 2007 with the aim to assess the environmental performance of the McArthur River Mine and the Department of Mines and Energy. The IM was renewed this year under the management of ERIAS Group. The assessment is based on the review of:

  • Environmental assessments and monitoring activities undertaken by the mine operator (MRM Pty Ltd).
  • Environmental assessments and audits undertaken by the mine regulator, the Department of Mines and Energy (DME).

This is the first year of a five-year project for the new team, beginning with a site visit in late March to familiarise the team with the Mine, DME and associated staff. The draft IM report has recently been submitted and will be released after the review process is completed later this year.

About The Author

Steve Clark
Steve has 25 years’ experience as a specialist in the water resources and coastal engineering fields specialising in flood risk and flood risk management. He has an Honours Degree in Engineering and a Masters of Engineering Science from the University of Queensland. Steve is one of the founding Directors of Water Technology Pty Ltd, and has been the Director of Water Technology’s Brisbane office since 2006. Steve’s work in waterway, floodplain and floodplain risk management; and infrastructure investigations has frequently utilised advanced hydrodynamic modelling systems and has been undertaken throughout Australia and Internationally. Of note, between 2002 and 2005 Steve was the principal hydraulic modeller on the Yangtze River Flood Warning and Control Project, a major 5 year co-­‐operative project between the Governments of Australia and China. As part of the Australian Government’s commitment to Disaster response through the Australian Civilian Corps, Steve recently completed a deployment to Samoa to assist in recovery and reconstruction (with an emphasis on flood and floodplain risk management to key infrastructure) following Tropical Cyclone Evan. Steve has provided expert review services on numerous occasions and appeared as an expert witness in the Queensland Planning and Environment and Victorian Civil and Administrative Appeals Tribunal.

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