Miners to foot rehab costs
MINING companies operating in QLD will be required to financially contribute to rehabilitation costs for abandoned mines under legislation passed in the State Parliament on 14 November.
The legislation removed taxpayer liability in cases where miners were unable to fulfil financial and environmental requirements at an operation and were forced to close.
Under the new laws, instead of a site-by-site approach, companies would be required to contribute to a pool of funding earmarked for rehabilitation should an owner be forced to close.
The legislation passed in spite of opposition from the Queensland Resources Council, the CFMEU and the mining industry.