Rio Tinto's uranium mine to restart

Federal govt approves Energy Resources Australia to reopen Kakadu mine after spill.

The operator of a massive uranium mine in Kakadu National Park has got the green light to begin getting the mine running again after a toxic spill.

Energy Resources Australia, a Rio Tinto-owned company, has received approval from federal Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane to commence its restart plan at the Ranger mine.

ERA still needs approval from the Northern Territory government to resume operations, and is in talks with the Department of Mines and Energy.

The collapse of a leach tank at the mine last December resulted in the leak of about one million litres of radioactive and acidic slurry.

ERA has said no environmental damage was caused, but processing operations have been suspended ever since.