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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION REGULATION 2008 No. 370 - SECT 31

31 Criteria under environmental authority (mining lease)

(1) In addition to the criteria mentioned in section 30, the following criteria are prescribed for mining activities allowed, or to be allowed, under an environmental authority (mining lease)--

(a) the mining activities do not, or will not, at any one time, cause more than 5ha of a riverine area or mine workings to be significantly disturbed;
(b) the mining activities are not, or will not, be carried out by more than 20 persons at any one time;
(c) only the following types of mining are, or will be, allowed under the relevant mining lease--
(i) alluvial mining;
(ii) clay pit mining;
(iii) dimension stone mining;
(iv) hard rock mining;
(v) opal mining;
(vi) shallow pit mining.

(2) In this section--

alluvial mining means excavating, in any way, unconsolidated, waterborne or weathered material (whether or not it is in a watercourse) and processing it by using chemical methods or gravity-separation to extract minerals from the material.

Examples--
gem, gold or tin mining from alluvial wash

clay pit mining means excavating--

(a) waterborne or weathered material (whether or not it is in a watercourse) to extract clay for a use related to its ceramic properties; or
(b) kaolin; or
(c) bentonite.

dimension stone mining means extracting rock and processing it by additional cutting or shaping to use it for building.

Examples of rock extracted as dimension stone--
granite, limestone, marble, sandstone and slate

hard rock mining means extracting material from underground or open cut pits and processing it by crushing or milling and using chemical methods or gravity-separation to extract minerals from it.

mine workings means an area from which ore or overburden has been extracted, or on which waste rock is stored, that is not--

(a) substantially rehabilitated to the satisfaction of the administering authority; or
(b) used for constructing a camp site, road, plant, tailings dam, water storage dam, or other infrastructure.

opal mining means extracting material from underground or open cut pits and processing it by manually separating opal rock or by using gravity-separation to extract opal.

shallow pit mining means extracting material from an open cut pit no more than 5m deep and processing the material to extract minerals.



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