PERTH (miningweekly.com) - ASX-listed copper miner Aditya Birla Minerals has been fined A$140 000 for breaching environmental management regulations at its Mount Gordon mine, in Queensland.
The company said in a statement on Monday that its wholly owned subsidiary Birla Mt Gordon had now been ordered by the Queensland Planning and Environment Court to take certain steps to reduce accumulated water at the Mount Gordon mine.
The order follows extensive dialogue between Birla Mt Gordon and the Queensland Department of Environment and Resource Management on the most practical ways in which to deal with the environmental matters inherited by the company when the mine was rescued from bankruptcy in 2003.
Since then, the ASX-listed company has spent over A$20-million in building and improving environmental infrastructure at the Mount Gordon operation.
The company said on Monday that it would continue with its efforts to ensure that it was in compliance with all current regulatory requirements.
The Mount Gordon project was currently under care and maintenance and an evaluation of its reopening feasibility was in progress. The operation had the ability to produce some 1.2-million tons a year of ore from the Mammoth underground decline operation.