Lithgow coal mine sees next round of approvals

Centennial Coal’s Springvale mine’s proposed expansion has received Department of Planning approval.

This latest round of approvals comes less than a week after the expansion was approved by the Planning Assessment Commission.

The Department recommendations for approval are a major step for the mine, which has faced a circuitous route to being greenlit.

It was previously fully approved, but was ordered back to the public hearing stage by planning minister Rob Stokes.

The setback in the approvals process shocked the mine, which was forced to stand down 300 workers on forced leave due to the lag in approvals time.

Now it has taken a leap forward, although the Department of Planning has suggested a number of conditions, such as water discharge salinity level limits, according to the ABC.

These are in addition to the PAC recommendations relating to water discharges and subsidence.

Centennial Coal and the local CFMEU have welcomed the latest developments, with both expecting Federal Government approvals around October.

 

 

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