The world’s largest cobalt mine near Adelaide could close after its owners discovered asbestos in the mine’s floor.
The mine was discovered in 2009 and the owners, Goldfields Resources, are now working to remove the material.
The asbestos is believed to be contained in the ground and is said to be in the asbestos floor of the mine.
But when the company discovered the asbestos, it decided to remove it, the ABC reported.
“They were a bit hesitant and it took them a bit of time to make the decision to actually do it,” Mr Viscount said.
“But they knew it was asbestos and they knew that they needed to do it because they were going to have to deal with the consequences of asbestos exposure.”
If they can’t get rid of the asbestos they are going to be exposed to asbestos dust, so it’s a bit like trying to remove a mosquito from a pond and then you have to put a net around it to keep it from spreading.
“The mine has been in operation since 1968.”
We’ve been working with the State Government to get approval from the Minister to start the mine in that vein,” Mr Albrecht said.
The mines operators are working to complete a final survey of the mines floor to determine if there is asbestos contamination.
Mr Viscamp said they were still working to determine the level of asbestos, but would be doing a further study on the surface and surface preparation before any final decision was made.
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