Govt preparing response to mine fire inquiry report

The final volume of the Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiry’s 2015/16 report is due to be tabled in State Parliament today.

The document provides short, medium and long term options for rehabilitation of the mines, and a review of the current rehabilitation liability assessments and rehabilitation bond system.

On Monday, Energy and Resources Minister Lily D’Ambrosio said the government would, in the days following its tabling, provide a response to the final volume and the three previous volumes of the re-opened inquiry report.

“It won’t be on that same day, but certainly very soon after the tabling of this report the government will provide its comprehensive and thorough response to all of the reports,” Ms D’Ambrosio said.

The inquiry was re-opened on 26 May last year.

Its reports have explored fire risk at the Anglesea Mine for the 2015/16 summer, whether there was an increase in deaths as a result of the 2014 Hazelwood Mine Fire, opportunities to improve health in the Latrobe Valley and mine rehabilitation.

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