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Flooded mines to hold off on pumping

Mines wont be able to start pumping water from their flooded sites until they’re certain it won’t contaminate water supplies.THE Queensland Government says mines won’t be able to start pumping water from their flooded sites until they’re certain it won’t contaminate water supplies.
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More than 15 mines around Central Queensland have been out of action since the start of the year because of flooding.

In 2008, the Fitzroy River was contaminated when a mine pumped water from a flooded pit near the town of Emerald.

The Department of Energy, Resources and Mines’ Mark Evans said testing will ensure a repeat of the contamination from the 2008 floods won’t happen again.

“It contains limits on the concentrations and volumes that can be discharged,” he said.

“In some circumstances because of the volume of water they may have accumulated it may not be possible for them to meet the standard environmental authority conditions.”

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