Rio Tinto's response
"Response from QMM"
We are working on solutions to strengthening our environmental and water expertise and performance, and to ensuring transparent communications and information sharing.
On March 5th 2021, QMM published comprehensive historical water quality data related to the ilmenite mine from 2015 to 2020. As highlighted in the report, we acknowledge that the water management system has not always performed as expected, resulting in some historical exceedances of aluminium and cadmium at the discharge points within the mining lease. However, the latest data and our own internal investigations do not demonstrate any perceptible impacts in the receiving environment, although we recognise that more monitoring data needs to be collected to be conclusive.
We are continuously developing our understanding of impacts and mitigations, and to this end, we have commissioned brownfield consultancy and water remediation experts, JBS&G Australia Pty Ltd (JBS&G), to conduct an independent study of radiation around the mine.