Mining company MMG says soil sampling around Rosebery on Tasmania’s west coast has found elevated heavy metal levels in some parts of the town, but maintains the health risks are minimal.
MMG commissioned independent soil, water and dust testing at Rosebery in December last year, amid concerns that discharge from the mine had made some residents sick.
Only the soil results are in; the mine manager, John Lamb, says some of the 125 samples exceeded guidelines and warrant further testing, but it appears the heavy metals in the soil are not readily absorbed by the body.
“Which is a very positive result from the perspective of health risk,” he said.
Mr Lamb says the results are also consistent with previous work done by the Environment Protection Authority.
About 30 current and former residents have launched a group action against MMG, blaming discharge from the mine for making them sick.