The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety has introduced specific Mining Rehabilitation Fund (MRF) categories and unit rates for the emerging potash and salt minerals in brine operations in Western Australia, following supportive industry feedback gathered last year.
Resource and Environmental Compliance Division Executive Director, Karen Caple, said the amendments will form equitable MRF levy obligations for this emerging industry whilst ensuring adequate safeguards for mine rehabilitation.
“To ensure clarity on when it is appropriate to report ‘land under rehabilitation’ and remove any uncertainty for industry, the department has also included a definition of ‘earthworks’ in the modified regulations,” Ms Caple said.
The regulations, which will come into effect 1 July 2021, were developed following comprehensive industry consultation and responses to a 2020 Discussion Paper. The department wishes to thank industry for its ongoing feedback and contribution to the process.
DMIRS notes that opportunity for broader resources industry changes under the MRF legislative framework will occur during the designated ten-year statutory review process as mandated by the Mining Rehabilitation Fund Act 2012.
The official gazettal announcement detailing the categories and rates is available online.