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Charbon Coal fined for failing to comply with project approval

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Charbon Coal has been fined AUS$175 000 in the Land and Environment Court for failing to comply with their project approval at the Charbon coal mine near Kandos in the New South Wales (NSW) state’s central west.

The judgment is a result of a prosecution brought by the Department of Planning and Environment after a compliance investigation was undertaken.

Charbon Coal pleaded guilty for failing to comply with the project approval, specifically for constructing a coal truck haul road outside of the approved location. Construction of the haul road resulted in the clearing of an area of native vegetation and disturbed an identified Indigenous heritage site.

A Department spokesperson said the company cooperated with the Department’s compliance investigation.

"Strict conditions are placed on all approved major projects and companies must follow these rules," a spokesperson said. "Our compliance officers work with communities across NSW to monitor major projects across industry, infrastructure, mining and quarries.”

"The team conducts audits, spot checks without warning, and works with companies to ensure they are complying."

Edited from press release by Harleigh Hobbs

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