Miner fined for misinterpretation
Bravus, formerly Adani, has paid a $26,000 fine for “misinterpreting” its environmental approval conditions.
The Federal Environment Department issued the company two infringement notices after it failed to implement its species management plan earlier this year.
The Indian mining giant cleared land without surveying the area within an appropriate timeframe.
It also failed to revise its species management measures following 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.”
Adani changed the name of its Australian arm to Bravus Mining and Resources two days after receiving the infringement notices.
The company says it has 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.”