Transposing the "Mining Waste Directive" (2006/21/EC) in Northern Ireland
Published on Fri, 13 Feb 2009
Operators in the onshore extractive industry are required to manage extractive waste so as to prevent or reduce as far as possible any adverse effects on the environment and human health.
This consultation ended on Mon, 11 May 2009 at 8:53am
It is proposed to transpose into Northern Ireland planning legislation the requirements of European Union Directive 2006/21/EC (the Mining Waste Directive”), whereby requirements will be placed upon operators in the onshore extractive industry to manage extractive waste so as to prevent or reduce as far as possible any adverse effects on the environment and human health. Work on the Directive was prompted by accidents in Spain and Romania where cyanide rich liquid suspensions were released from mines after breaches to retaining dams. These accidents caused significant environmental damage to the river ecosystem and its animal life and also threatened human health.
Work on developing practical proposals for consultation has involved initial discussions with a number of key stakeholders. It is the aim of the proposals to take advantage of all derogations available under the Directive and to minimise the impacts of subsequent Regulations on both the extractive industry and the planning regulatory regime.
Consultation responses should be with the Department on or before 11th May 2009
Download the Documents
- Transposing the Mining Waste Directive (2006/21/EC) in Northern Ireland ( 381 KB)
- Consultation Answer Booklet ( 56 KB)
- Mining Waste Directive Consultation Synopsis withDepartmental Responses ( 37 KB)
- (Partial) Regulatory Impact Assessment ( 22 KB)
- Council for Nature Conservation and the Countryside ( 2606 KB)
- Coporate Services Division - OFMDFM ( 480 KB)
- Derryhale Residents Association ( 3722 KB)
- Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment ( 395 KB)
- Geological Survey of Northern Ireland ( 388 KB)
- Limavady Borough Council ( 402 KB)
- Northern Ireland Judicial Appointments Commission ( 403 KB)
- Planning Appeals Commission ( 401 KB)
- Quarry Products Association Northern Ireland ( 3174 KB)
- Royal Town Planning Institute ( 383 KB)
- Southern Waste Management Partnership ( 1340 KB)