BHP has taken a stake in US biotech Cemvita Factory, a start-up company that is developing bio-engineered pathways that supports carbon dioxide sequestration and utilisation.
The Victorian Parliament has established the Latrobe Valley-based Mine Land Rehabilitation Authority and Post Closure Fund, which will make rehabilitation for the area’s coal mines stronger and more transparent.
The Queensland State Government has passed a reform bill that means mining companies working in the state will now financially contribute to rehabilitation costs for abandoned mines.
Glencore has received an official certification from the Queensland Government after rehabilitating 220 hectares (2.2 million square metres) of mined land from its Rolleston open cut coal mine 140km southeast of Emerald, Queensland.
A resources company case study project to rehabilitate former mining land in Queensland has shown the potential for positive environmental outcomes.
The Queensland Government is proposing changes to the financial assurance and rehabilitation policy to improve mine remediation in the state.
The Northern Territory Government has announced a public tender to provide environmental and public safety work for historic mines near Tennant Creek.
Western Australia’s Curtin University is collaborating with mining companies at a new $6.7 million research centre to apply world-class science to the rehabilitation of retired mine sites.
University of Queensland (UQ) scientists, together with Central Queensland coal mine rehabilitation experts have developed an online resource to share knowledge on mine closures and remediation.
The Victorian Government has introduced a bill to appoint a new commissioner to supervise the Latrobe Valley Mine Rehabilitation, following the Hazelwood mine fire in 2014.
The first international summit on derelict mines – Dealing with Derelict Mines – was held in Singleton NSW last week, with delegates exploring the best practice for rehabilitation.
The NSW Supreme Court has upheld the decision to suspend operations at Young Mining after the company failed to pay environmental rehabilitation security deposits.
A University of California San Diego study has challenged the belief that asbestos fibres cannot move through soil.
A Western Australian initiative to refund mine rehabilitation funds has backfired, critics say.