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Melissa Price approved uranium mine knowing it could lead to extinction of 12 species

Exclusive: former environment minister rejected department advice and approved Yeelirrie mine day before election called

The former environment minister Melissa Price acknowledged that approval of a uranium mine in Western Australia could lead to the extinction of up to 12 native species but went ahead with the decision anyway.

  • Lisa Cox
  • The Guardian

The admission is contained in a statement of reasons signed by the minister before she approved the Yeelirrie uranium mine, 500km north of Kalgoorlie, the day before the federal election was called in April.

The document also shows the environment and energy department recommended conditions that would require the…

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