Rehabilitation of mining and resources projects and power station ash dams as it relates to Commonwealth responsibilities

Coal Mining Environmental health Mine rehabilitation Power resources Australia

This report is comprised of 10 chapters. Subsequent chapters cover the following issues:

  • Chapter 2 provides an overview of the mining rehabilitation process;
  • Chapter 3 outlines the current regulatory framework governing mine closure and rehabilitation in Australia, and examines how regulation can support industry in achieving better practice;
  • Chapter 4 explores the minerals industry's current performance in Australia in relation to site rehabilitation;
  • Chapter 5 considers the issue of abandoned mines in Australia and how these sites can be best managed and rehabilitated;
  • Chapter 6 discusses issues relating to the costs of mining rehabilitation, and the regulatory tools used by governments to mitigate the risk of rehabilitation liabilities being forced onto taxpayers;
  • Chapter 7 examines Indigenous Australians' engagement with mine closure planning and rehabilitation processes, as well as discussing potential employment and community benefits of increased mine rehabilitation activity;
  • Chapter 8 provides a summary of additional reform proposals raised by stakeholders relating to mine site rehabilitation that could be implemented by the Commonwealth;
  • Chapter 9 covers issues relating to the rehabilitation of power station ash dams in Australia; and
  • Chapter 10 outlines the approach taken to committee views in this report.
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