The Department of Primary Industry and Resources (DPIR) is responsible for policy development and administration of the mining, energy and petroleum industries in the Northern Territory. The key legislation is the regulation of the Mining Management Act. A requirement of the Mining Management Act is that operations undertake activities in accordance with an approved Mining Management Plan. The DPIR undertakes audits of mining operations on compliance with implementation of the sites Mining Management Plan.
The Northern Territory Environment Protection Authority (EPA) is an independent authority established under the Northern Territory Environment Protection Act. The EPA is responsible for reviewing and providing advice on the environmental impacts associated with development proposals to ensure effective waste management, pollution control and sustainable practices. The EPA is responsible for issuing licences to regulate activities subject to the Waste Management and Pollution Control Act and the Water Act. The McArthur River Mine has a licence issued by the EPA for the discharge of water.
The Department of the Environment is involved in the McArthur River Mine through the Environment Protection Biodiversity Conservation Act (1999) where a project which may impact matters of national environmental significance are required to be referred to the Commonwealth. The project was approved with conditions in February 2009 with the key approval conditions relating to protection of the Freshwater Sawfish, listed migratory waders and water quality in the McArthur River and at Bing Bong port.
The Department of Industry manages the Leading Practice Sustainable Development Program. Working groups involving industry, government, academic/research and community organisations have developed 14 booklets on specific areas of leading practice ranging from tailings management to community consultation.
The Australian and New Zealand guidelines for fresh and marine water quality provides a set of tools for assessing and managing water quality in natural and semi-natural waters. The guidelines are not mandatory but have been developed as a guide in the absence of information and from which site specific criteria can be developed.
McArthur River Mining website contains information regarding the operation and latest community newsletters, media announcements and the Draft Phase 3 Development Project Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and Supplementary EIS.
The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) is the peak industry body representing exploration, mining and minerals processing interests both nationally and internationally. The Australian minerals industry developed Enduring Value, which is a framework for sustainable development in the industry. Glencore is a member of the MCA.
Formed in 2001 the International Council on Mining and Metals was formed to represent the worlds leading companies in the mining and metals industry and to advance their commitment to sustainable development. In 2003 the ICMM Council adopted 10 guiding principles the first element of ICMM’s sustainable development framework. Each member of the ICMM is required to implement the 10 principles. In addition to the principles on sustainable development the ICMM provides a number of guidance resources documents including water stewardship framework and a toolkit for planning for integrated mine closure. Glencore is a member of ICMM.
The International Network for Acid Prevention (INAP) is an industry led group focused on sharing information and addressing the knowledge gaps associated with acid rock drainage. The Global Acid Rock Drainage (GARD) guide was developed with sponsorship from INAP and provides a summary of best practices and technology used to address issues related to acid rock drainage.