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Legislation and compliance

Aug 12, 2020
MIM ponders copper smelter  future

MIM ponders copper smelter future

Glencore is playing its cards close to its chest on the future of the copper smelter in Mount Isa. A four-year extension was due for review this year. In the past, the owner has made a decision to continue smelting copper contingent on operating under legacy environmental standards. Mount Isa City Council and the Australian Workers Union have called on Glencore to secure a future for worker...

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Aug 07, 2020
Smelter issue smouldering

Smelter issue smouldering

There’s pressure on Glencore to commit to the future of the Mount Isa Mines’ copper smelter. A four year extension is due for review this year. In the past, Glencore has made a decision to continue smelting copper contingent on operating under legacy environmental standards. The smelter and its stack are defining images for the city and Mayor Danielle Slade said the contributio...

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Jul 08, 2020
Approved developments deadline extended

Approved developments deadline extended

In accordance with the applicable event provisions under the Planning Act 2016, the Treasurer and Minister for Infrastructure and Planning Cameron Dick MP has extended timeframes for undertaking approved development by six months.This means development approvals in effect on the date of the extension notice or that come into effect between the date of the extension notice and 31 October 2020...

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Jun 18, 2020
Mine site rehabilitation reforms hit Parliament

Mine site rehabilitation reforms hit Parliament

Legislation introduced into Parliament today brings a new suite of Queensland mine rehabilitation regulations and establishment of an independent statutory position of Rehabilitation Commissioner. Environment Minister Leeanne Enoch said the Environmental Protection and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2020 (EPOLA Bill) was the next step in the government’s plan to improve mine...

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Jun 16, 2020
Moves to tackle green tape a boost for mining jobs

Moves to tackle green tape a boost for mining jobs

The mining industry will be able to create more jobs more quickly thanks to a federal commitment to slash delays in environmental approvals, a peak group says. “Faster approvals for mines and other major projects will support the investment and jobs Australia needs to recover more quickly from the COVID-19 pandemic,” Minerals Council of Australia chief executive officer Tania Constable sai...

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May 27, 2020
Incitec Pivot fined over sulphuric acid spill

Incitec Pivot fined over sulphuric acid spill

Incitec Pivot says it has implemented a raft of measures to prevent further spills after a sulphuric acid release which saw a subsidiary fined $45,000. The company holds an environmental authority authorising mining, chemical manufacturing, extracting and screening in the Mount Isa region. It pleaded guilty to two charges of contravening a condition of an EA and was sentenced in the Mount I...

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May 13, 2020
Calls to fast-track industrial manslaughter laws

Calls to fast-track industrial manslaughter laws

The miners’ union has called on the Queensland Government to bring forward the passage of new laws extending industrial manslaughter offences to the state’s mining industry. It comes in the wake of last week’s accident at Grosvenor coal mine.  CFMEU Mining and Energy Queensland President Stephen Smyth has written to Queensland Mines Minister Anthony Lynham calling for the urgent prog...

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May 12, 2020
Study examines value of independent mining inquiries

Study examines value of independent mining inquiries

A research project examining the role and effectiveness of independent inquiries in mining has attracted $300,000 backing from the Australian Research Council’s Linkage Program. It is led by Professor Deanna Kemp, director of the Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining within UQ’s Sustainable Minerals Institute (SMI). Professor Deanna Kemp. “Mi...

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