Water concerns over Tahmoor extension

A PROPOSED extension of SIMEC Mining’s Tahmoor underground mine in New South Wales to lift annual coking coal output from about 2 million tonnes per annum to 3Mtpa until 2035 could add high levels of salt and particulates to local waterways, a study has revealed.

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Underground at SIMEC's Tahmoor colliery in NSW.

Samples taken by Western Sydney University academic Dr Ian Wright revealed levels of particulates at two-thirds higher than the permitted levels and suggest salinity levels in the nearby Bargo River

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