Federal Environment Minister Tony Burke will introduce amendments to Australia’s national environment law, the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.
“The proposed amendments will ensure that CSG and large coal mining developments must be assessed and approved under national environment law if they are likely to have a significant impact on a water resource,” said Mr Burke.
“For projects that are in the early approval process, they will be able to incorporate the additional matter of environmental significance at whatever stage they are at. For projects which are already undergoing an assessment, they will not be required to restart their environmental impact assessment from the beginning.
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