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Time to make mining companies responsible for clean-up – Western Australian Minister says

Loopholes for ‘rogue’ miners to escape clean-up must close: Minister, WA Today Emma Young, 2 May 17  Changes need to be made so mining companies can’t use legal loopholes to avoid environmental rehabilitation obligations, according to new Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Johnston.

“Rogue players, as they’ve been called, should not be allowed to shift their costs to the rest of the industry, negatively impacting other companies,” he said.

“In light of experience, there is a need to assess and improve the Mining Rehabilitation Fund so that the industry is protected.”

He also acknowledged the MRF was the community’s guarantee that miners would take environmental responsibility.

The MRF, established in 2012, is a fund made of industry levies, held by the government to rehabilitate any abandoned mine in WA if the miner goes broke and all other options are exhausted.

Collie’s Black Diamond Pit Lake, Ellendale Diamond Mine, Bulong Nickel Tailings Storage Facility, Elverdton Dump and Pro-Force Plant site have so far been identified as the abandoned mines to be dealt with through the fund, their problems including leaching residue, dust and public safety risks. ……

Greens and other east coast senators have now referred the matter, and others concerning WA’s $70 billion resource sector, to a Senate inquiry into the rehabilitation of mining and resources projects.

The WA government’s submission recommended that accounting procedures were upgraded to require companies disclose their environmental liability more transparently and that legislation on mine site rehabilitation obligations in the case of insolvency were updated…….

Research by the CSIRO also emphasises the importance of community trust, or ‘social licence’ for the mining sectorhttp://www.watoday.com.au/wa-news/loopholes-for-rogue-miners-to-escape-cleanup-must-close-minister-20170501-gvwias.html

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May 3, 2017 - Posted by | General News

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