The following provides a summary of environmental monitoring data undertaken as required by Environment Protection Licences and Approvals. The purpose of this data is to provide the community with meaningful information on the performance of environmental controls.
The following document(s) relate to the mine’s operating and licence conditions.
The Minister for Planning approved the Development Consent for the Clarence Colliery Lease Extension on December 19, 2005. A copy of the Instrument of Consent can be found below.
Subsidence Management Plans (SMPs) are prepared by mining lease holders to consider the potential impacts of underground mining and identify measures to manage such impacts. SMPs may contain requirements for the avoidance of damage to particularly significant features, the mitigation of damage, or rehabilitation of subsidence related impacts.
An Environmental Management Report is an annual report that consolidates all government reporting requirements relating to the environmental management and rehabilitation of the mine. It contains details on approvals, leases and licences, environmental control strategies, the previous 12 months’ mining and environmental performance and the expected outcome for the following 12 months.
Approvals obtained to facilitate mining generally require management plans in consideration of various identified environmental impacts. These plans vary from operation to operation to reflect the operating conditions.
Environmental Management Plans are required under Clarence’s various approval and licence conditions and form part of Clarence’s Environmental Management System (EMS). Management plans are developed and approved in consultation with the relevant government stakeholders.
Environmental Assessments (EAs) are an assessment of the environmental, social and economic benefits and impacts of a proposed project or modification to an existing project. EAs are regulated by the NSW Department of Planning and Infrastructure.
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Independent Environmental Audits are undertaken regularly as a component of each mining approval. The audit is undertaken by a suitably qualified independent expert. The purpose of the audit is to independently assess the environmental performance of the mine and whether it is complying with the relevant requirements of its project approval, any relevant mining lease and environmental protection licence.
A condition of Clarence’s Development Consent Approval requires the mine to commission an independent environmental audit prior to 31 December 2010 and every three years thereafter. Accordingly, the audit was commissioned in December 2010 and completed in February 2011.
Clarence 2011 Environmental Independent Audit