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February 27, 2014

Green Group Challenges Great Barrier Reef Sand Dumping

Great Barrier Reef: Image courtesy of Cairns GBR

Great Barrier Reef: Image courtesy of Cairns GBR

Reuters –  Environmentalists have launched an appeal to overturn a permit granted for an Australian coal port to dump millions of cubic metres of sand near the Great Barrier Reef, arguing it fails to protect the World Heritage site.

An independent agency charged with protecting the reef granted a permit in January for 3 million cubic metres of soil dredged up at the port of Abbot Point to be dumped about 25 km (15 miles) from the reef.

The North Queensland Conservation Council filed a challenge to the permit at the Administrative Appeals Tribunal in Brisbane on Thursday.

Source: Reuters

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