Rum Jungle Mine Site
Batchelor, NT, Australia
The former Rum Jungle Mine Site is located 105 km by road south of Darwin in the headwaters of the East Branch of the Finniss River. Rum Jungle was one of Australia’s first major uranium mines and produced approximately 3,500 tonnes of uranium and 20,000 tonnes of copper concentrate between 1954 and 1971.
Acid rock drainage (ARD) and heavy metal mobilization at the site have led to significant environmental impacts on local groundwater and the East Branch of the Finniss River. In 2009, the Mining Performance Division of the Department of Resources (DoR) was tasked with developing a revised rehabilitation strategy for the Rum Jungle Mine Site.
RGC was subsequently retained to assist the DoR with aspects of site rehabilitation planning that pertain to the contamination of groundwater and surface water at the Rum Jungle Mine Site by ARD and radionuclides.