Situated close to Wiluna in WA's northern Goldfields, Yeelirrie is Australia's largest undeveloped uranium deposit.
First discovered by Western Mining Corporation in 1972, Yeelirrie was put on the backburner in 1984 during Federal Labor's three mine policy period, before Cameco paid $430 million in 2012 for the project and its 128 million pounds of yellowcake.
Despite an adverse report by Environmental Protection Authority chairman Dr Tom Hatton in 2016 that found the proposal would threaten the viability of some of the 73 species of stygofauna recorded at the site, then WA environment minister Albert Jacob gave Cameco the green light in January 2017.
This decision was promptly appealed against in WA's Supreme Court by the Conservation Council of WA, on the grounds an ...
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