Mine Name: Avebury

State: Tasmania

Status: Historic

Mineral: Nickel

Brief description of impact/history:

MMG’s Avebury nickel mine operations south west of Zeehan were suspended in 2011 because arsenic levels in the ore exceeded international shipping guidelines. MMG CEO Andrew Michelmore said “When we produce a 20-plus per cent nickel concentrate, we end up with over 2000 parts per million arsenic and the permit for shipping is 2000 parts per million”. The Avebury operations are closer than 100m to a waterway as one of the photos above demonstrates.

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