Following adequacy review of the Chain Valley Mine Part B Continuation of Mining, Preliminary Environmental Assessment, the Department of Planning require further information prior to the EA going to Public Exhibition.

The studies will be completed in the New Year and it is expected the EA will be on Public Exhibition in late February 2011. A Stakeholder Reference Group meeting will be scheduled prior to this date.

The Department of Planning have taken action to extend the transitional period during which existing mines are exempt from requiring a major project approval under Part 3A of the Environmental Planning & Assessment Act 1979 till 31 December 2011, providing that the Department’s Director – General has (on or before 16 December 2010) notified environmental assessment requirements under the Act.

The full text of the amendment is available at:
http://www.legislation.nsw.gov.au/maintop/view/force/subordleg+557+2000+cd+0+N

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