Federal Greens climate change spokesperson Adam Bandt has called for more transparency around how much money mining companies have set aside to rehabilitate disused mine sites.
“The Greens are quite worried that the community may be left to pick up the tab for mine rehabilitation,” he said.
“We’ve called for a national audit of rehabilitation bonds to make sure every company around the country has put enough money aside to rehabilitate the mine when they decide to go.”
Rehabilitation bonds are a deposit paid by mining companies to
During the 2015 Hazelwood Mine Fire
“There’s one other thing I would say about rehabilitation is there needs to be strong community representation on the committees that oversee rehabilitation and there needs to be
“The people in the Valley would get the worst of both worlds if another power station closes and then a mine is left either un-rehabilitated or rehabilitated to a pretty poor standard that still leaves the community to live with the environmental consequences.”