The West Australian Department of Mines and Petroleum have released new guidelines for mines closures.Dubbed Guidelines for Preparing Mine Closure Plans, it is designed to aid
miners in understanding what the guidelines mean for their operations.
Garry Connell, managing director of ecologia Environment, says it is a big win for the environment and the industry, bringing it “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”.
Within the new guidelines, it explains how closure plans are now legislated for, and will form part of tenement conditions; that closure criteria must consider other existing land uses, ongoing stakeholder consultation and pre-disturbance environmental values; how the DMP will assess and approve closure plans; and that mining companies must provide details of financial provisioning for mine closure and rehabilitation as well as lodging environmental bonds.
New regulations on mine closure were released in June.