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UK Coal Authority releases corporate plan 2014/15

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The UK Coal Authority has published its corporate plan for 2014/15, outlining the way it aims to further reduce the need for government funding by expanding its range of commercial products and services.

According to a press statement, the authority plans to “grow commercial value from its unique information, in-depth knowledge and expertise and is committed to being a world leader in resolving the impacts of mining”.

The work to be undertaken this year to help meet this goal includes the following:

  • Work with partners that complement its expertise to develop new commercial products and services.
  • rovide advice to national and international partners seeking to deal with the impacts of mining.
  • Provide services and advice to governments and public bodies on regulatory matters associated with mining operations.

In addition, the Coal Authority will continue to deliver its statutory duties, which include dealing with the legacy of mining.

Commenting on the plan, Philip Lawrence, CEO of the Coal Authority said: “Last year we launched a five year plan to become more self-sufficient by realising the economic value in our people and information. We know that our practices and technology can be used to resolve the effects of coal and metal mining in the UK and overseas.”

According to the statement, the authority already manages 70 mine water treatment schemes across the UK, which help to restore rivers and lakes from the pollution caused by past mining and protect important sources of drinking water. Its future plans include being able to deliver zero whole life-cost mine water treatment schemes in the future.

It also manages risk based systems to advise and protect the public and to treat subsidence and hazards arising from past mining, as well as an automated mining reports system based on geographic information.

The Coal Authority is based in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire. It was established under the Coal Industry Act 1994 and is sponsored by the Department of Energy and Climate Change. Its responsibilities include protecting the public and the environment in mining areas, managing the effects of past coal mining and licensing companies to mine coal in the UK.

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