02 September 2005

Underwater bomb tests off Australian coast

Western Australia's Environment Minister has expressed concerns that a series of test explosions near popular dive sites off Exmouth will not meet with environmental guidelines.

Geoscience Australia plans to detonate up to 20 underwater bombs in deep water, close to sites such as Ningaloo Reef, to assess the agency's ability to detect secret nuclear testing overseas.

"The proposal is in Commonwealth waters so technically they don't have to tell us, but given the closeness of this proposal to the Ningaloo reef and the high values we put both on the reef and on whales who migrate through the area we as a community really need to know about potential environmental impacts," said minister Dr Judy Edwards.

Source: www.divemagazine.co.uk


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