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Muswellbrook mining company fined by NSW EPA

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A Muswellbrook mine has been hit with a fine form the NSW Environment Protection Authority after mine water discharged into a local creek. 

The NSW EPA fined Maxwell Ventures $15,000  for the incident where the the mine water discharged from Malabar Coal Mine to Saltwater Creek due to an overflow from a dam on site. 

The company has received an official caution as well - on this occasion there is no evidence of harm to the creek environment. 

“An estimated 6 megalitres of mine water with high levels of salt and sulphate entered the creek after too much mine water was allegedly transferred to the dam resulting in the overflow,” Hunter NSW EPA Director Karen Marler.

“Fortunately, on this occasion there is no evidence of harm to the creek environment,” Karen Marler said.

The NSW EPA said that Maxwell Ventures have indicated they have made procedural changes to operations to ensure further incidents such as this do not occur in future.

Image credit: NSW EPA