About the Project
Following the permanent shut down of operations in August 2015, planning for the rehabilitation and closure of the mine site, and the decommissioning and remediation of the power station, has begun.
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, will work within the regulatory frameworks to restore the power station and mine site to a land use that is safe and stable for future generations.
This is expected to be a complex process over a period of three to five years. Final decommissioning and environmental and remediation requirements to meet long term land use objectives, will be closely inter-related.
Alcoa has estimated $US40 - $US45 million 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. Alcoa’s 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 State Government’s Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR).
Read more about the mine here.
Regulatory Framework for the Power Station
The power station decommissioning will be managed by Alcoa consistent with the National Environment Protection (Assessment of Site Contamination) Measure 1999 (as amended 2013) (NEPM). The Victorian EPA sets the regulatory standards for the activities undertaken by Alcoa through the statutory Clean Up Notice issued to Alcoa in October 2015.
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Consultation and engagement with stakeholders is a priority in the development and approval process for the mine’s rehabilitation and closure and the decommissioning and remediation of the power station site. Engagement will continue to be a priority during the implementation phase once Alcoa has received regulatory approval.
Read more about the community engagement process here.