Mine guide good for environment and industry

Source: Western Australia Government - www.mediastatements.wa.gov.au 

08 May 2015

A comprehensive new guide will help Western Australian mining operators clearly understand their mine closure, decommissioning and rehabilitation obligations.

Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Marmion and Environment Minister Albert Jacob said the revised Guidelines for Preparing Mine Closure Plans 2015 would benefit the resources industry and the environment.

“Planning is paramount,” Mr Marmion said. “The State Government stands by international best-practice, meaning provision for closure starts well before mining begins, and continues throughout the life of the mine.

“Updated guidelines like these are important to ensure WA retains its global mining leadership and provides certainty for investors.”

The guidelines were jointly developed by the Department of Mines and Petroleum (DMP) and the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA), following publication of the original mine closure guide in 2011.

Mr Jacob said two public comment periods and a workshop convened by the Chamber of Minerals and Energy of Western Australia had yielded valuable comments and suggestions from mining and environment groups.

“Using these new guidelines will help ensure Western Australian mines are decommissioned in an ecologically sustainable manner and are left in a stable, non-polluting condition,” Mr Jacob said.

“They will also simplify processing of mine closure assessments and approvals, through consistent requirements from both the EPA and the DMP.”

Mr Marmion said the guidelines highlighted the State’s responsible development credentials.

“Community engagement is a key point in the guidelines,” he said.

“The State Government is determined to meet community expectations, while providing for investment security and mining industry employment.”

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