ALP approves new uranium mine

The Federal ALP government announced the establishment of a fourth uranium mine in Australia, following through on its 2007 decision to abandon the "3 mines" policy which it adopted in the 1980's. The Four Mile mine, 550 kilometres north of Adelaide, will open next year after winning clearance from federal Environment Minister Peter Garrett. Four Mile will be Australia's first new uranium mine in close to a decade and the 10th biggest in the world. Its predicted annual production of about 1400 tonnes, it will boost national output by 13 per cent to 12,100 tonnes.