No health risk to Geraldton community as a result of lead shipments

04 Mar 2011 12:00 AMMedia Release

MMG has welcomed the release today of results from Department of Health testing which found there is no health risk to the Geraldton community from shipments of lead and other metals. 

The soil and swab tests were undertaken following a single exceedence of dust containing lead sulfide at the Geraldton Port in late 2010 during the loading of a ship with High Precious Metals (HPM) concentrate from MMG’s Golden Grove mine.

MMG Golden Grove General Manager Nick Mosenthal said the company was pleased that the test findings showed that lead levels are within accepted levels and pose no threat to human health.

 “We are committed to the safe handling of our concentrates at all stages of mining, production and transport and we are well aware of our obligations when it comes to the Geraldton community. MMG will continue to work with the relevant State Government agencies to ensure the safe shipment of HPM from Golden Grove can resume as soon as practicable in compliance with the appropriate conditions,” Mr Mosenthal said.

MMG voluntarily deferred shipments of HPM when it became aware of the dust reading.

 “Since the exceedence we have worked with the Geraldton Port Authority to revise loading protocols and procedures; including the use of additional dust suppressants. We will also continue to communicate with a broad range of stakeholders in Geraldton both before and after HPM shipments resume,” Mr Mosenthal said.

Geraldton residents seeking further information should contact the MMG Community Information Line on (08) 9956 4348.