THE NSW Department of Planning and Environment has published two parts of an Integrated Mining Policy aimed at addressing industry and community concerns and expectations around the major mining project assessment process.

The two parts of the Integrated Mining Policy are:

  • Indicative Secretary’s Environmental Assessment Requirements that outline common assessment requirements that proposed mining operations must address in the Environmental Impact Statement as part of a development application.
  • Annual Review Guideline that brings together the annual reporting requirements of the Division of Resources and Energy and the Department of Planning and Environment into a single, concise document.

“The Integrated Mining Policy helps make the system simpler by clarifying the department’s expectations, ensuring rigour in assessments and maintaining high standards of community consultation,” a department spokesperson said.

The two parts of the policy were finalised following public comment earlier this year. Guidelines for the economic assessment of mining and coal seam gas proposals are currently available for public comment until 24 November.

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