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Environmental Research Institute of the Supervising Scientist

The position of Supervising Scientist for the Alligator Rivers Region was created on 9 June 1978, with passage of the Environment Protection (Alligator Rivers Region) Act. The establishment of this agency was a recommendation of the Ranger Uranium Environmental Inquiry.

The primary objective of the Supervising Scientist is to ensure, through research, assessment and the provision of technical advice, that the environment of the Alligator Rivers Region is protected from the effects of uranium mining to the standard required by the Commonwealth Government and the Australian people.

The Supervising Scientist was also responsible for managing the Alligator Rivers Region Research Institute established at Jabiru adjacent to the Ranger mine site. It conducted research and collected and assessed information on the effects of mining operations until its closure in 1994, following which its functions were taken over by the Supervising Scientist.

Following an amendment to its legislation in 1993, the Supervising Scientist now provides technical advice to the Minister on a range of mining related environmental issues of national importance and on radiological matters. The Scientist also conducts more broadly based environmental research on issues of national significance.

In 1997 the agency was renamed the Environmental Research Institute of the Supervising Scientist, and its role expanded to undertake research relevant to its expertise, principally into wetlands management.

Selected records created by the Environmental Research Institute of the Supervising Scientist
National Archives, Darwin
Correspondence files, 1981–present E1574
Correspondence files, 1984–95 E1575

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Chapter 14
Environment