28th June 2021

In June 2019, significant soil erosion was observed at a waste rock emplacement (Western Emplacement Area) at the Ravensworth Operations open cut coal mine north of Singleton in the NSW Hunter Valley, during an inspection as part of a state-wide compliance operation.

Subsequent regulatory action has resulted in the effective rehabilitation of the WEA at the mine.

The Regulator inspected the mine in September 2020 and confirmed that the lease holder had complied with the rehabilitation requirements of the section 240 notice issued. In a subsequent inspection conducted by the Regulator in March 2021, it was also observed that the mine had implemented significant improvements to its process for the design, construction and monitoring of final landforms as part of its ongoing progressive rehabilitation program. These improvements included refining a geomorphic landform design methodology and implementing a rehabilitation construction quality plan and rehabilitation scorecard process.

Click here to read the Rehabilitation Information Release.