Government monitoring Palmer's new refinery managers closely

THE Queensland Government says it is closely monitoring the new managers of Clive Palmer's nickel refinery near Townsville after the company's failure to demonstrate it has adequate resources to comply with environmental regulations.

Queensland Environment Minister Steven Miles said yesterday that enforcement orders had been served on Queensland Nickel Sales demanding the company ensure the environment was protected.

He said one priority was ensuring the refinery's tailings dams and pumping equipment were appropriately managed.

Clive Palmer has blamed the Queensland Government for the uncertainty surrounding 550 jobs.

Speaking yesterday on ABC's Insiders program, Mr Palmer said QNS was waiting on the government to transfer 18 approvals.

"The major approval we need ... to operate a hazard facility hasn't been granted by the Queensland Government," he said.