Queensland’s environment department is considering compliance action against coal miner Adani after water released from its Abbot Point facility during Cyclone Debbie contained eight times more sediment than allowed.
Adani was granted a temporary license to assist with site water management during and after the cyclone that hit north Queensland.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull (right) met India’s Adani Group founder and chairman Gautam Adani during a visit to India this month. Photo: AAP
But it was only authorised to release water with sediment levels of up to 100 milligrams per litre, while test samples showed up to 806mg/L of sediment.
Adani confirmed none of the runoff had entered nearby wetlands.
“Adani Australia confirms that it advised DEHP of a high sediment level in a sump pond inside the Abbot Point designated area,” it said in a statement on Wednesday night.
“The ponds are part of the Abbot Point facility’s measures to contain run off.
Meanwhile, the Indian conglomerate is due to make an announcement in Whyalla today confirming it has signed a memorandum of understanding with the town’s struggling steel facility.
The $70 million deal will give Arrium Steel sole right to supply all the steel required for the double-tracked 400km rail line between Adani’s central Queensland mine site and the port at Abbot Point.
Arrium Steel, which employs 300 people, has been facing closure, with crippling debt and a lack of orders, which threatened the survival of Whyalla.