Mining Legislation Amendments Overhaul Environmental Management Provisions.

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Mining Legislation Amendments Overhaul Environmental Management Provisions.

The Mining Legislation Amendment Bill 2015 (WA) is currently before the Western Australian Parliament, seeking to amend provisions in the Mining Act 1978 (WA), Mining Legislation Amendment Act 2014 (WA), Environmental Protection Act 1986 (WA) and Mining Rehabilitation Fund Act 2012 (WA). The Amendment Bill will insert Part IVAA into the Mining Act 1978 (WA) to consolidate all environmental management provisions and separate them from the provisions of the Mining Act 1978 (WA) that deal with the grant and administration of mining tenure. Amendments to the Environmental Protection Act 1986 (WA) streamline the approvals process overlap that currently exists concurrent to the Mining Act 1978 (WA). Amendment to schedule 6 of the Environmental Protection Act 1986 (WA) will exempt mining operations approved under the Mining Act 1978 (WA) from the requirement to also have a clearing permit under the Environmental Protection Act 1986 (WA). Instead, vegetation clearing will be approved as part of a program of work or a mining proposal under the Mining Act 1978 (WA).

 

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