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DMIRS introduces new MRF categories

he Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety has introduced specific Mining Rehabilitation Fund (MRF) categories and unit rates for the emerging potash and salt minerals in brine operations in Western Australia, following supportive industry feedback gathered last year.

Resource and Environmental Compliance Division Executive Director, Karen Caple, said the amendments will form equitable MRF levy obligations for this emerging industry whilst ensuring adequate safeguards for mine rehabilitation.

“To ensure clarity on when it is appropriate to report ‘land under rehabilitation’ and remove any uncertainty for industry, the department has also included a definition of ‘earthworks’ in the modified regulations,” Ms Caple said.

The regulations, which will come into effect 1 July 2021, were developed following comprehensive industry consultation and responses to a 2020 Discussion Paper. The department wishes to thank industry for its ongoing feedback and contribution to the process.

June 2021

Excess tonnage procedure available online

Following a comprehensive public consultation process, the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) has released its latest guidance for stakeholders on excess tonnage procedures.

The draft, released in December 2020, provided clarity on the information required from prospecting and exploration licence holders submitting an excess tonnage application, as well as increased guidance on the types of evidence of native title consent required within the application.

It also incorporated the inclusion of the extraction of fluid or mineral bearing substances relevant to the potash and salt minerals in brine operation in excess tonnage considerations.

DMIRS Executive Director Resource and Environmental Compliance Karen Caple said the key changes clarify that supporting information demonstrating Native Title Party consent is required where the relevant tenement was granted through the expedited procedure and that Native Title Party refers to a ‘registered Native Title Party’.

May 2021

Sunset Clause Annual Release 2021

The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety’s annual release of mineral exploration reports will commence at the beginning of May 2021.

Under Regulation 96(4) of the Mining Regulations 1981, known as the Sunset Clause, a list of reports that were submitted between 2002 and 2010, and in 2015, under Section 115a of the Mining Act 1978 will be available on the department’s website.

Pursuant to Regulation 96(5), the holder of a mining tenement covered by the report, or any subsequent tenement granted in renewal of or substitution for such mining tenement, may object to the release. Objections to the immediate release of a report must set out specific reasons why identified reports, or parts of reports, should not be released and must be received prior to the release of the report.

March 2021

DMIRS calls for comment on mine closure completion guideline

The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety is seeking comment from industry on a new Mine Closure Completion Guideline.

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.

February 2021