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Rio Tinto warned on environmental damage on Bougainville

Rio Tinto warned on environmental damage on Bougainville

Updated 2 May 2013, 16:31 AEST

Scientists say Rio Tinto will have to improve its environmental record if it plans to re-open its mine on Papua New Guinea's island of Bougainville.

In the 1980's the mine sparked a decade-long civil war which left more than 10,000 people dead.

But now the Bougainville government is looking for new development opportunities.

A study by Rio subsidiary Bougainville Copper says the mine is economically viable and could be re-opened in as little as six years.

Gavin Mudd, is Senior Lecturer in environmental engineering at Monash University and Chair of the Minerals Policy Institute.

He told Jemima Garrett there is a lot of damage on Bougainville that needs cleaning up before new mining can take place.

Presenter: Jemima Garrett

Speaker: Dr Gavin Mudd, a mine waste expert at Monash University

 

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