SUPPORT FOR REFORM OF PROJECT APPROVAL PROCESSES

The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) welcomes the interim report of the Senate Select Committee on Red Tape inquiring into and reporting on the effect of restrictions and prohibitions on business on the economy and community.

The MCA is pleased to see the areas of reform of environmental approval processes we have long advocated being considered by the Committee.

The MCA supports a one-stop shop environmental approval processes, amending the definition of nuclear actions to not include uranium mining, milling, decommissioning and rehabilitation activities, and removal of the water trigger as reforms that would make a material difference to project approval timelines and costs, while upholding high environmental standards.

Indeed, the need for a single assessment and approvals process was also flagged by the South Australian Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission with respect to uranium project approvals.  It recommended ‘simplification of state and federal mining approval requirements for radioactive ores, to deliver a single assessment and approvals process’. 

This was endorsed by the South Australian government.

The MCA looks forward to the Select Committee’s final report in December.

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