The Department of Mines and Petroleum have just released new Guidelines for Preparing Mine Closure Plans, bringing increased interest from mining companies looking to understand what the new guidelines mean for their operations.
The good news is that the state of Western Australia now has a single Guideline to work from, which builds on the material already available in guiding mine closure.
Garry Connell, Managing Director of ecologia Environment, says it is a big win for the environment and the industry, bringing us “another step closer a truly sustainable mining industry, which considers and seeks to restore the environmental and social capital which is impacted by project development, both during operations and long after mining has ceased”.
Key aspects of the Guidelines include;
- Closure plans are now legislated for, and will form part of tenement conditions;
- Closure criteria must consider other existing land uses, ongoing stakeholder consultation and pre-disturbance environmental values;
- The DMP will assess and approve closure plans; and
- Mining companies must provide details of financial provisioning for mine closure and rehabilitation as well as lodging environmental bonds.
The industry has been quick to react to the changes, with ecologia fielding closure enquiries concurrent with the roll out of the new regulations in June. “We certainly envisaged and have started seeing a steady increase in mining companies requiring services for designing and implementing closure plans over the next few years, especially from those mines which don’t have detailed closure plans in place already, and those that do have plans, but require them to be updated to meet the new guidelines” adding “It is great that we are able to service both the environmental management and field monitoring survey requirements implied by the guidelines, as it makes us a one-stop-shop, whether companies are in the early feasibility study and approvals stages, have operating mine/s, or are having rehabilitation issues post mining”.
ecologia invites anyone interested in discussing mine closure to call for obligation free advice on (08) 9322 1944.
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