About the Project
Following the permanent shut down of Anglesea operations in August 2015, work is underway to rehabilitate and close the mine, decommission and remediate the power station, and plan for future land uses.
A local project team, backed by the company’s global project and asset management group with expertise in environmental remediation, facility decommissioning and project management, is working within the regulatory frameworks to restore the site to a land use that is safe and stable for future generations.
Our strong commitment to values of health, safety and protection of the environment are key priorities for this project, and community consultation and engagement continue to guide project activities.
$US40 - $US45 million is estimated for asset retirement and environmental remediation.
Regulatory Framework for the Mine
The Minerals Resources (Sustainable Development) Act 1990 provides the framework for rehabilitation and closure of the mine site as it applies to the coal mine operations under the Mines (Aluminium Agreement) Act 1961 (MAAA). The Anglesea Mine Work Plan (Work Plan), approved September 2011, sets broad concepts for the mine rehabilitation and defines a process for the site closure inclusive of community engagement. Our obligation is to comply with the Work Plan requirements, including the rehabilitation and closure process to the satisfaction of the regulator, the Earth Resources Regulation of the Victorian Government’s Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions.
Read more about the mine here.
Regulatory Framework for the Power Station
We are managing the power station decommissioning consistent with the National Environment Protection (Assessment of Site Contamination) Measure 1999 (as amended 2013). The Victorian EPA sets the regulatory standards for our activities through the statutory Clean Up Notice issued to Alcoa in October 2015.
Read more about the power station here.
Community consultation and engagement are a priority in the development and approval process for this project. We have been conducting broad engagement activities about the future of our site to ensure community and key stakeholder feedback is well considered in our decision making. Engagement will continue to be a priority during the implementation phases.
Read more about the community engagement here.