The draft guideline is intended to provide clarity on the evidence tenement holders should provide to show they have met all the agreed closure obligations and environmental conditions as outlined in their Mine Closure Plan.
“The draft Mine Closure Completion Guideline aims to provide industry with guidance on how to demonstrate all rehabilitation and closure obligations under the Mining Act 1978, and those outlined within their closure plan, have been met.” DMIRS Resource and Environmental Compliance Executive Director Karen Caple said.
Expenditure exemption guidelines updated for greater clarity
The department has revised the guidelines it published to support temporary amendments to the Mining Act Regulations 1981 introduced during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The State Government initiative came into effect on 1 July 2020 and will expire on 30 June 2021.
Under the revised regulations, tenement holders of exploration and prospecting licences can apply for expenditure exemptions if they are able to provide a statement and evidence that COVID-19 has affected their ability to meet their expenditure conditions with their application.
The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety has issued a reminder to industry about their exploration rehabilitation obligations and the associated penalties for non-compliance.
Given the volume of exploration that occurs in the State, the Department has strengthened its approach to rehabilitation compliance monitoring through its integrated compliance program in 2019 and 2020.
New rules to fast-track construction at WA mine sites
The McGowan Government has introduced new rules that will fast-track mining projects to production.
Many large mining projects rely on infrastructure corridors to connect their mine to other processing sites or essential services.
These corridors can stretch up to hundreds of kilometres, and are used to build haul roads, power lines, pipelines and conveyor systems.
Mining companies were previously required to have all land access licences granted prior to lodging their environmental applications for approval. This meant that for long infrastructure, construction could not commence until land access was approved along the entire corridor.