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Adani fined for 'misinterpreting' environmental approval conditions

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Mining company Adani, now known as Bravus, has paid a $26,000 fine for “misinterpreting” environmental approval conditions at its Carmichael coal mine in central Queensland.

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The Federal Environment Department issued the company two infringement notices in October for failing to implement its species management plan.

The Department said the mining giant cleared land without surveying the area within an appropriate timeframe.

It said the company also failed to revise its species management measures as a result of ecological surveys.

“The Department takes non-compliance with approval conditions seriously,” it said in a statement.

“This penalty serves as a reminder that approval holders must comply with their approval conditions.”

Days after the infringement notices were issued, Adani changed the name of its Australian arm to Bravus Mining and Resources.

In a statement, a Bravus spokesperson said it had paid the $25,920 fine.

“Two minor compliance issues were raised by the Department in relation to a preclearance survey which had expired by 24 days, and an updated species management plan not being submitted within the three-month window required, following a preclearance survey,” the spokesperson said.

“The compliance issues were a consequence of misinterpreting project condition reporting requirements.

“Bravus management has since provided additional internal training to ensure our understanding of the conditions aligns with the expectations of the Department.”

– ABC / Lily Nothling

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