Bravus Mining & Resources has coughed up almost $26,000 in fines for what it describes as misinterpreting environmental reporting requirements on its Carmichael coal project.
The federal Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment issued two infringement notices totalling $25,920 in late October to Adani Mining – recently rebranded as Bravus.
It said they had failed to meet a condition attached to their approval received under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.
The department found that the company had 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 the company did not comply with the requirements to revise the management measures within the Species Management Plan as a result of pre-clearance surveys.
A Bravus spokeswoman said the minor compliance issues related to a pre-clearance survey which had expired by 24 days, and an updated species management plan not being submitted within the three-month window required, following a pre-clearance survey.
“The compliance issues were a consequence of misinterpreting project condition reporting requirements,” she said.
“Bravus management has since provided additional internal training to ensure our understanding of the conditions aligns with the expectations of the Department.
“Although other mining and construction companies may not make public statements regarding environmental notifications, we recognise the level of public interest in the Carmichael Project holds us to a higher standard, and we therefore place significant importance on transparent communications around our activities onsite.”