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Abandoned Queensland mining sites: remediation deposit collected by EPA grossly inadequate: left for landholder to clean up

Posted by waterweek on 19 September 2007

According to , Peter Kenny, president of land holder lobby-group AgForce, mining operations have abandoned a site and the remediation deposit collected by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been grossly inadequate, which means the site is effectively left for landholder to clean up. This situation must be rectified and the EPA given the powers and resources to properly manage this situation, he wrote in Queensland Country Life, (6/9/2007), p. 35.

The good the bad and the ugly: “While a number of the larger mining operations act as good corporate citizens, this is not always the case, and it is all too common with some of the smaller operations and newer companies. AgForce will continue to raise these issues with the State Government, and we’ve also included these concerns in our recent submission to the Mining Legislation Review”.
Peter Kenny, AgForce president (07) 3236 3100

Totally stacked with miners: “The current situations is almost totally stacked in favour of the resources sector. While AgForce understands the important role which this sector plays, it should not come at the expense of agriculture, which is a renewable and sustainable resource. We also see farmers treated differently to some mining operations when it comes to environmental issues – particularly on vegetation issues and site remediation”.

Queensland Country Life, 6/9/2007, p. 35


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