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  • 16 February 2018
    Environmentally Mine – Part 4

    Environmental legislation Let’s look at State and Territory laws that can impact on our mining activities. This is the main environmental legislation we have to comply with. State and territory legislation The most important state and territory environmental legislation is their respective environmental protection Acts, or those Acts of similar title. In general this legislation has the most impact on mining activities on a day to day basis. Early environmental Acts concentrated on end-of-pipe solutions to pollution i.e. levying license fees on the pollutants after they have been emitted rather than looking to reduce or modify their actual production. This was seen as a way to compensate the community for the impact that the pollutants caused. This is sometimes called […]

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  • Environmentally Mine – Part 3

    Environmental Legislation Let’s look at International and Commonwealth laws that can impact on our mining activities. I hope that you find this riveting stuff! Legislation background Historically, Australian environmental issues were seen as the responsibility of the states and territories. However, the Commonwealth Government is increasing its environmental protection role, especially for internationally significant issues such as greenhouse gases and ozone depletion. International issues The impact of humans on the environment extends beyond local, state and even national borders and has global repercussions. Indeed, it is suggested that some pollution issues are better resolved if a global perspective is adopted. International treaties, conventions, recommendations and protocols are some of the ways to try to reach agreement on this scale. International […]

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