The Mt Owen Complex is committed to maintaining responsible environmental management practices that meet or exceed industry best practice. Environmental management is an integral part of every stage of the mining process to ensure that environmental impacts are minimised.
Mt Owen mine has a comprehensive Environmental Management Framework (EMF) in place. The EMF provides a framework for dealing with environmental management issues at the mine, in a systematic way. It brings together all aspects of environmental management on the mine site.
The EMF covers the design, development, production, maintenance and rehabilitation of the operation and its infrastructure. The principal objectives of the EMF are to ensure that the company adopts a continuous improvement approach to environmental management issues at the site and wherever practical and economic, implement best practice environmental management. The EMF also serves to ensure that activities at the operations are controlled, such that the company either prevents or minimises any environmental impacts associated with the operation.
The Mt Owen Complex is required to comply with a diversity of legislation and the requirements of different government departments. The EMF ensures that the systems are in place to comply with these requirements.
Within the framework of the EMF are comprehensive standards, procedures, objectives and targets, which help us maintain and continually improve environmental performance. Routine inspections and regular environmental audits are undertaken to assess performance against objectives and targets and identify opportunities for improvement.
An environmental training program is in place to ensure that all employees and contractors who work at the Mt Owen Complex are fully aware of their obligations in regards to the environment. This program covers all important aspects of the mine's activities and highlights the systems in place to minimise environmental impacts. Training on environmental matters is conducted via regular toolbox talks.
Continuous monitoring of meteorological conditions, air quality, water quality, noise levels, blasting operations, flora and fauna and rehabilitation areas is undertaken. This provides the mine with the information required to minimise environmental impacts, and evaluate the effectiveness of the environmental management process and rehabilitation efforts.