European mining waste controls finalised
New EU mining waste controls have been provisionally finalised in conciliation talks between the European parliament and council of ministers. The deal, which requires formal approval by both sides, clears the way for the law to enter into force.
Parliament's rapporteur on the dossier Jonas Sjöstedt expressed pleasure at the result in a statement. Johannes Drielsma of European mining industry association Euromines told Environment Daily the sector was "very pleased" that the two sides had "adopted a directive that is appropriate to our needs".
The compromise ties the financial guarantee to an operators' permit. This links it closely to actual mine waste sites, while allowing for a wider geographical scope if this is specified in a permit. For the industry it means greater certainty over potential financial liabilities.
Republished with permission of Environment Daily.