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Queensland Nickel

Queensland Nickel, which operates a nickel and cobalt refinery 25 kilometres north-west of Townsville, went into voluntary administration in January 2016.

The Department of Environment and Heritage Protection is working to assess and monitor the situation to ensure the company continues to meet its environmental responsibilities.

The company has environmental obligations under the Environmental Protection Act 1994, addressing both its General Environmental Duty and compliance with its Environmental Authority.

The Environmental Authority sets environmental standards for air, water, regulated structures, noise, land and rehabilitation. Monitoring and reporting conditions are in place to ensure that the company is complying with these environmental standards.

The requirements of the Environmental Authority also include specific conditions for the post-closure rehabilitation of the company’s Yabulu Nickel Refinery.

Together the Act and Environmental Authority make the company responsible for ensuring the site does not release any contaminants to the environment which could result in environmental harm or nuisance.

Last updated
20 January 2016