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Springvale Coal Services

Overview of Operations

Main Content

Springvale is located in the western coalfields near Lithgow in New South Wales. Coal is produced using underground longwall mining methods and is transferred by conveyor to the surface facilities area, where it is either transported by dedicated overland conveyor to Mt Piper and Wallerawang power stations or processed for export at Centennial’s Western Main facility. Last year, the majority of coal produced was transported by train to Port Kembla for export to overseas customers.

This year, Springvale has reached a major milestone and celebrated 20 years of operation. The mine has a strong history of supporting the local community through sponsorship of local community organisations, schools, and events as well providing local job opportunities.

Community


Community Consultation

Document Name Size Document Date
Western Combined CCC Meeting Presentation August 2017 4.20 MB 8/28/2017
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Community Consultative Committee

A Community Consultative Committee (CCC) provides a forum for open discussion between representatives of the Company, community, council and other stakeholders on issues directly relating to the mine’s operations, environmental performance and community relations, and keeps the community informed on these matters.

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Community Complaints Register

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Stakeholder Engagement Plan

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Development, Mining and Environment Approvals

The following document(s) relate to the mine’s operating and licence conditions.


Authorisations under the Mining Act

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Development and Environment Approvals

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Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC)

The Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act is administered by the Federal Government's Department of Environment which is incorporated into the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Populations and Communities.

The EPBC Act requires any person who proposes to undertake an action that will have, or is likely to have, a significant impact on a matter of national environmental significance to refer that action to the Minister for a decision as to whether assessment and approval is required under the EPBC Act. This decision is referred to as a ‘controlled action’. Where it is deemed a controlled action, the Minister may approve the action and issue conditions of approval

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Environmental Protection Licence

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Exploration

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Environmental Assessments

Environmental Assessments (EAs) are an assessment of the environmental, social and economic benefits and impacts of a proposed project or modification to an existing project. EAs are regulated by the NSW Department of Planning and Infrastructure.


Environmental Assessments

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Environmental Management

Approvals obtained to facilitate mining generally require management plans in consideration of various identified environmental impacts. These plans vary from operation to operation to reflect the operating conditions.


Environment Management Plans

Approvals obtained to facilitate mining generally require management plans, strategies and programs in consideration of various identified environmental impacts.

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Mining Operations Plan / Rehabilitation Management Plan

Mining operations in NSW are required, as a condition of an authorisation issued under the Mining Act, to conduct mining operations in accordance with a Mining Operations Plan (MOP) that has been approved by NSW Trade and Investment - Division of Resources and Energy.
The MOP describes the manner in which mining, processing, rehabilitation and reporting are to be undertaken with reference to Management Plans and Procedures. The MOP also establishes relationships to other approval and reporting requirements consistent with development consent, leases and licences.

Document Name Size Document Date
WCS_MOP_2018_Approval_DRG 103.17 KB 2/26/2018
Western Coal Services MOP - 2018-2024 12.34 MB 1/1/2018
Western Coal Services MOP - 2018-2024 - plans 49.02 MB 1/1/2018
Western Coal Services Mine Operations Plan 25.31 MB 12/24/2015
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Pollution Incident Response Management Plan

The Pollution Incident Response Management Plan has been developed to satisfy the requirements of the Protection of the Environment Legislation Amendment Act 2011 (POELA Act) which requires the preparation, implementation and publication of a Pollution Incident Response Management Plan.
The objectives of these plans are to provide guidelines and procedures for the effective control and reporting of pollution incidents to all relevant stakeholders.
Whilst personal contact details for the following document are available in the controlled on-site Pollution Incident Response Management Plan, they do not appear in this public document under provision of the Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998.

Document Name Size Document Date
Springvale Coal Services Pollution Incident Response Management Plan (2016) 1.31 MB 4/6/2016
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Subsidence Management Plans

Subsidence Management Plans (SMPs) and Extraction Plans are prepared by mining lease holders to consider the potential impacts of underground mining and identify measures to manage such impacts. SMPs & Extraction Plans may contain requirements for the avoidance of damage to particularly significant features, the mitigation of damage, or rehabilitation of subsidence related impacts.

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Environmental Reporting & Compliance

The following provides a summary of environmental monitoring data undertaken as required by Environment Protection Licences and Approvals. The purpose of this data is to provide the community with meaningful information on the performance of environmental controls.


Annual Reports

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Environment Protection Licence Monitoring Data

Document Name Size Document Date
Springvale Coal Services Environmental Monitoring Report November 2017 8.84 MB 12/13/2017
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Independent Environmental Audits

Independent Environmental Audits are undertaken regularly as a component of each mining approval. The audit is undertaken by a suitably qualified independent expert. The purpose of the audit is to independently assess the environmental performance of the mine and whether it is complying with the relevant requirements of its project approval, any relevant mining lease and environmental protection licence.

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