Unannounced Mine Compliance Checks in NSWNathan Cartwright
Regulatory scrutiny of mining operations across the state are set to increase as the Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water (DECCW) boosts its compliance campaigns.
Speaking at the Minerals Council AGM, DECCW Deputy Director General Greg Sullivan, said that protection of the environment and communities around coal mines are a key priority for the agency.
“Coal mining in NSW is an integral component of the state’s resources and it is imperative that that the extraction of this material is done to best practice standards,” Mr Sullivan said.
“Excessive environmental impacts from mining operations are unacceptable and the community expects a high level of environmental control.”
“This means increased regulatory activity around site inspections, compliance audits and dust campaigns,” Mr Sullivan said.
Already this year between May and August DECCW officers undertook 99 inspections of coal mines in the Illawarra, Hunter and Western and Gunnedah basins as part of an unannounced compliance check.
DECCW will be issuing a number of advisory and warning letters and is also likely to require Pollution Reduction Programs in some cases to address more significant problems.
The regulation of mining in NSW is something that we take seriously as a Department and we will be increasing our compliance activity to reflect this.
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