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Category - ENVIRONMENT

Environmental management now dominates a range of activities performed by mining companies globally. Mature mine operates recognise that their ‘license to operate’ is often determined by their past environmental performance and future plans to ensure that the environment impacted by mining operations is returned to, at the very least, pre-mining conditions.

Mining Environmental Issues and impacts of mining can occur at various stages of the mining life cycle. Exploration, Construction, Mining Operations, Closure and Remediation.

The environmental hazards of each activity and the impact of those activities can be determined by a range of factors including:

  • The ore being mined;
  • Characteristics of the ore body and its proximity to high impact areas;
  • Ecosystem existing prior to mining activities and its’ sensitivity to the impact of mining operations;
  • Methods of mining:
  • Equipment used in the mining process including but not limited to production and ore processing equipment.

Typically the primary environmental concerns from mining activities include acid mine drainage, heavy metal contamination from leaching, chemical pollution from processing activities and control of erosion and sedimentation, dust deposition and environmental noise, however, there may be other impacts.

Effective environmental management in mining controls the impact of the mining activity in relation to the contamination of air, land and water and the subsequent impact of changes to the normalised conditions on the surrounding ecosystem.

Mining environmental issues management also interfaces with safety management in many organisations. Through understanding the impacts of the environment on personnel and the ecosystem in which they operate, miners may continue to build a sustainable industry.

Australasian Mine Safety Journal provides a range of information, case studies and news on the environmental issues and impacts of mining.

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Tarrawonga Coal fined $30k after pollution discharge

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has fined Tarrawonga Coal Pty Ltd $30,000 over alleged pollution of a local creek from uncontained sediment and soil from the mine. The EPA alleges that...

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Global Industry Standard on Tailings Management

The Global Industry Standard on Tailings Management is directed at Operators[1] and applies to tailings facilities, both existing and to-be-built. It makes clear that extreme consequences to people...

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MCA proud to be leading on safety and sustainability

The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) is proud to have led Australia’s minerals industry from the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in helping to keep workers, families and local communities safe...

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Standard on Tailings Management released

The release of a Global Industry Standard on Tailings Management will help support the safe management of tailings facilities around the world.  Australian companies actively contributed to the...

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VAGO Rehabilitating Mines Audit

Earth Resources Regulation welcomes the tabling today of the Rehabilitating Mines Audit report from the Victorian Auditor-General’s Office (VAGO). Earth Resources Regulation accepts the...

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BHP recycling mining truck tyres in the Bowen Basin

Up to 30 new jobs will be created in the Bowen Basin as a result of a new partnership between BHP and Novum Energy to recycle mining truck tyres for the first time in Australia. Used earth moving...

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Resources Sector Awards for Excellence

Six community partnerships and four conservation and rehabilitation resource sector projects from across the State are in the running for the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and...

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New campaign to tackle dust at mines and quarries

The NSW Mine Safety Advisory Council has launched a new awareness campaign to tackle the risk from dust in the workplace, called “Just because you can’t see it, doesn’t mean it is not there”. Dust...

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Major funding boost for red mud rehabilitation

University of Queensland research into the eco-engineering of mine waste to a useful soil has received over $1.2 million in government and industry funding. The project Breaking critical...