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Library Mines and Minerals (Environmental) Regulations, 1997 (Cap. 213).

Mines and Minerals (Environmental) Regulations, 1997 (Cap. 213).

Mines and Minerals (Environmental) Regulations, 1997 (Cap. 213).

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These Regulations make provision for matters regarding the environment in relation with mining operations. The 75 regulations are divided into 9 Parts: Preliminary (I); Environmental impact assessment (II); Mine dumps (III); Air quality and emission standards (IV); Water standards (V); Storage, handling and processing of hazardous material (VI); Inspection (VII); The Environmental Protection Fund (VIII); Miscellaneous (IX).A developer shall prepare and submit to the Director of Mines Safety an environmental project brief before undertaking any prospecting, exploration or mining operations (reg. 3). A "project brief" means a report made by the developer including preliminary predictions of possible impacts of a proposed exploration, prospecting or mining operations on the environment and constituting the first stage in the environmental impact assessment process. Provisions of the Environmental Protection and Pollution Control (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations, 1997 shall apply to any application made under these Regulations. If the Director holds that the project will have a significant impact on the environment he shall request the developer to prepare an environment impact statement in accordance with regulations 4 and 5. Regulation 8 provides for audit reports made by independent specialists. Regulation 12 prescribes rules for dumping operations. The quality of any water effluent entering into a stream of a mining area which is licensed as a discharge site shall be as provided for in the Third Schedule of the Water Pollution Control (Effluent and Waste Water) Regulations, 1993.

Implemented by: Mines and Minerals (Exemption) Order, 2000 (S.I. No. 19 of 2000). (2000-02-09)
Implements: Mines and Minerals Act (Cap.213). (2006)

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