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Law Reform · Energy & Climate

Have your say: mining project rehabilitation

03 April, 2017

Get your submission in to the Senate Inquiry, which will be considering the rehabilitation of mining and resources projects as it relates to Commonwealth responsibilities like under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act).

More information can be found here.

The terms of reference for the Inquiry are:

  1. the cost of outstanding rehabilitation obligations of currently operating projects;
  2. the adequacy of existing regulatory, policy and institutional arrangements to ensure adequate and timely rehabilitation;
  3. the adequacy and transparency of financial mechanisms, including assurances, bonds and funds, to ensure that mining and resources projects are rehabilitated without placing a burden on public finances;
  4. the effectiveness of current Australian rehabilitation practices in safeguarding human health and repairing and avoiding environmental damage;
  5. the effectiveness of existing abandoned mines programs, with regard to repairing environmental damage and safeguarding human health;
  6. whether any mining or resources companies have engaged in conduct designed to avoid fulfilling their rehabilitation obligations;
  7. the potential social, economic and environmental impacts, including on matters of national environmental significance under the EPBC Act, of inadequate rehabilitation;
  8. the potential social, economic and environmental benefits of adequate rehabilitation, including job opportunities in communities affected by job losses in the mining and resources sectors;
  9. international examples of effective rehabilitation policy and practice;
  10. proposals for reform of rehabilitation of mining and resources projects; and
  11. any other related matters.

While the Inquiry relates to Commonwealth responsibility, we encourage you to provide submissions on your experience of the effectiveness of the Queensland rehabilitation regime, as well as the effectiveness of the EPBC Act for rehabilitation as well as generally. These submissions will assist the Committee undertaking the Inquiry to understand the problems with the rehabilitation framework as a whole and how it has been operating in Queensland, along with the effectiveness or issues with the EPBC Act as a means of regulating rehabilitation.

Information on how to make a submission to a Senate Inquiry is available here.

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