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What is mine rehabilitation?

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What is mine rehabilitation?

According to the Department of Industry, Tourism and Resources, mine rehab (rehabilitation) is “the process used to repair the impacts of mining on the environment. Mine rehabilitation can also be referred to as coal mine rehabilitation, land rehabilitation, mine site rehabilitation or mine site restoration.
The long-term objectives of rehabilitation can vary from simply converting an area to a safe and stable condition, to restoring the pre-mining conditions as closely as possible to support the future sustainability of the site”.
Mining rehab or mine restoration isn’t something that starts once a mine closes; it is something that commences before any mining activity begins and covers a range of activities.

These activities include exploration, development, production, demolition, remediation of contaminated land and re-vegetation. Guidelines for conducting mine rehabilitation are provided at a state level, particularly those states with more intensive mining activities.

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FAQ:

What is mine rehabilitation?

According to the Department of Industry, Tourism and Resources, mine rehab (rehabilitation) is “the process used to repair the impacts of mining on the environment. Mine rehabilitation can also be referred to as coal mine rehabilitation, land rehabilitation, mine site rehabilitation or mine site restoration.

What is involved in mine rehabilitation?

At a practical level, coal mine rehabilitation typically involves flattening the steep sides of the mine, covering exposed coal with soil and clay and revegetating the area with trees and grasses.

What are the different types of mine rehabilitation?

According to the Minerals Council of Australia, there are several different types of mine rehabilitation including: cropping, conservation, grazing, and native restoration.

Why should a mine be rehabilitated?

According to the Federal Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, there are four key factors that make up the business case for mining companies to conduct mine rehabilitation. They are:
1. Project approval
2. Compliance risk
3. Financial liability
4. Reputational risk


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