State-wide water management guideline gives clarity to miners
Released 25 Jun 2012
The Department of Water is calling for comment on a new state-wide guideline which clarifies water management regulations for the resources industry.
The Western Australian water in mining guideline: Draft for public comment, released today, covers all areas of Western Australia and provides clear guidelines to miners about the regulatory processes around water management.
Release of the draft guideline follows on from the publication of the Pilbara Water in Mining Guideline in 2009.
It is open for public comment until 6 August 2012.
Department of Water Executive Director Regional Delivery and Regulation Paul Brown said the draft provides transparency and clarity to miners across Western Australia.
"This is a state-wide guideline which is applicable to miners and explorers not only in the Pilbara but those in the Mid West, the Goldfields and right across the state," Mr Brown said.
"It builds on the principles and practices used to establish the Pilbara Guideline which has been instrumental to developing this state-wide advice.
"It also includes detail about water management issues in relation to mine closure and decommissioning."
Mr Brown encouraged stakeholders and industry groups to comment on the draft.
The guideline can be accessed here.
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