Joseph Dunstan from ABC North West WA reports that Yara Pilbara Fertilisers is ramping up for production of ammonium nitrate. The component is then used in the mining industry for explosives.
The plant is located in the beautiful and culturally rich Murujuga, or Burrup Peninsula. Indeed, it is surrounded by thousands of 30,000 years old petroglyphs. Against this unique, heritage rich landscape, Dunstan reports that “white or grey plumes of steam will become a regular sight as evaporated water, used to cool the ammonium nitrate reaction, is released through the cooling tower”. Another addition to the already existing sights of exhaust gas being burnt by nearby industry.
We hope operations will always be conducted with safety in mind, in order to protect workers and the environment.