The Federal Government’s Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment has fined Adani Mining Pty Ltd for failing to comply with environmental approval conditions.
On 30 October 2020, the department issued two infringement notices totalling $25,920 to Adani Mining Pty Ltd for not meeting a condition attached to their approval received under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.
The approval, which was granted on 14 October 2015, has 36 conditions attached. The company failed to meet the requirements of condition 7 of the approval which requires them to implement the approved Species Management Plan.
The Department found that Adani Mining Pty Ltd failed to implement the Species Management Plan by not undertaking pre-clearance surveys within the required timeframe prior to clearing.
The Department also found that Adani Mining Pty Ltd did not comply with the requirements to revise the management measures within the Species Management Plan as a result of pre-clearance surveys.
The Department states that it takes non-compliance with approval conditions seriously and that this penalty should serve as a reminder that approval holders must comply with their approval conditions.