Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Tom Koutsantonis will today launch a new public information guide to better inform South Australians about uranium mining.
The Facts about uranium mining is the latest in a series of public information guides produced by the State Government. If follows the successful release in May of The Facts about natural gas and fracture stimulation.
Mr Koutsantonis, who is speaking at the South Australian Mining and Exploration Conference (SAEMC) this morning, will highlight South Australia's proud track record of safely producing uranium for export since the opening of the Olympic Dam mine in the 1980s.
"This new guide clearly lays out The Facts. We have a world-class regulatory framework and more than 30 years of experience in producing uranium for export," Mr Koutsantonis said.
"The Facts is drawn from information already provided to the public through the Department of State Development but formatted into an easy-to-understand brochure that sets out the history of uranium mining, safeguards and regulatory processes required to mine in this State.
"It explains to the members of the public, in simple and easily accessible terms, how and where uranium is exported and safely transported to meet Australia's international obligations and supply low-carbon energy to the world."
Mr Koutsantonis said thousands of South Australians are employed in the mineral resources sector, safely producing uranium to feed carbon emission-free power stations around the world.
"The economic benefits to South Australia of being the nation's largest producer of uranium should not be taken for granted.
"South Australia's supply of uranium to the world needs to be considered as part of the global response to climate change.
"The Facts about uranium mining show the production of this important fuel for export can be best achieved when risks are appropriately and expertly managed using world-class regulation and the world's best regulators."
The 16-page guide is also complemented by a website http://www.statedevelopment.sa.gov.au/resources/the-facts/the-facts-about-uranium-mining-in-south-australia
The South Australian Mining and Exploration Conference, organised by the South Australian Chamber of Mines and Energy (SACOME) is being held at the Adelaide Convention Centre.
News release: Tuesday 8 December 2015
Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis
Minister for Finance
Minister for State Development
Minister for Mineral Resources and Energy
Minister for Small Business