23 Oct 2012

Uranium mining ban lifted in Queensland

5:32 am on 23 October 2012

Queensland's Premier Campbell Newman has announced he is ending the Australian state's decades-long ban on uranium mining.

The state government decision on Monday reverses the position that Mr Newman's Liberal National Party took to the election in March this year, the ABC reports.

The Queensland Resources Council says the state holds about $A18 billion worth of known uranium reserves, mostly in the north-west.

Mr Newman says the federal government's decision to press ahead with plans to sell uranium to India has sparked renewed interest in the sector.

He says the resumption of mining will be overseen by a three-member committee that will report to Parliament in three months.

The state government says it has no plans to develop nuclear power or allow the disposal of nuclear waste in Queensland.

Uranium has not been mined in Queensland since the closure of the Mary Kathleen mine in the north-west in 1982.