Environment Effects Statement to be prepared for the Hazelwood Mine Rehabilitation Project

Work on the Hazelwood Rehabilitation Project is progressing, with the major demolition program now complete.

To help achieve our vision for a safe, stable and sustainable site, in 2021 we referred the Hazelwood Rehabilitation Project, including our plans for a lake, to the Minister for Planning.

ENGIE Hazelwood has welcomed the Minister’s decision that an Environment Effects Statement (EES) should be prepared for the Hazelwood Rehabilitation Project.

The EES process will allow all elements of the proposed works to be assessed and potential impacts to be identified and addressed. It will investigate matters such as water sources, regulatory approvals, and future benefits for the community in relation to the Hazelwood site.

There will be multiple opportunities for the community to be involved throughout the EES process. An extensive public consultation process will enable feedback from all stakeholders at various stages of the EES. This will build on the program of community engagement undertaken in recent years on key elements of the Project.

What is an EES?

Under the Environment Effects Act 1978, environment assessment of the potential environmental impacts or effects of a proposed development may be required.

The process under this Act is called an Environment Effects Statement (EES). The EES is not an approval in itself, but rather an assessment process to inform statutory decision-makers (Ministers, local government and statutory authorities) in relation to decisions about whether a project should proceed after fully considering possible environmental impacts and mitigations.

What does an EES involve?

An EES is the most comprehensive environmental and planning assessment process in Victoria and involves identification and evaluation of potential effects of major development projects.

The EES can take a year or more to complete and the first step in the process will start soon. This will involve the exhibition of draft scoping requirements by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP).

To learn more about the EES process, you can view the Hazelwood Rehabilitation Project EES Fact Sheet here.

Expected Timeline

What’s next for the Hazelwood Rehabilitation Project?

Draft Scoping Requirements will soon be exhibited by DELWP.

These draft Scoping Requirements will set out the matters to be investigated and assessed in the EES.

The community and stakeholders will have the opportunity to comment on the draft Scoping Requirements in the coming months, and DELWP will consider this feedback as they finalise the Scoping Requirements for approval by the Minister for Planning.

Stay updated on the Hazelwood Rehabilitation Project

We’ll be keeping the community and our stakeholders updated as the Hazelwood Rehabilitation Project progresses.

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Regulatory Oversight

Mine rehabilitation activities are governed by the Minerals Resources (Sustainable Development) Act 1990 (MRSD Act) and Mineral Resources (Sustainable Development) (Mineral Industries) Regulations 2019 (Vic) (MRSD Regulations), which provide the framework for the closure, decommissioning and rehabilitation of the Mine site.

ENGIE Hazelwood’s rehabilitation operations at the Hazelwood Mine are subject to the provisions of the MRSD Act and the MRSD Regulations, and relevant Work Plan approval documentation.

ENGIE Hazelwood is committed to complying with all legal obligations in the context of the final rehabilitation works.  

Our Commitments

At Hazelwood the safety of staff, contractors and the community is the number one priority.  The health and safety philosophy is “Safety First” and ENGIE Hazelwood is committed to providing a safe and healthy workplace.

The Hazelwood Rehabilitation Project also has a strong focus on supporting and developing local labour skills in the Latrobe Valley. Local personnel are engaged where practically possible and the Project is averaging more than 70 percent local labour content. Some specialist skills are required, in particular for the demolition works being conducted by the Delta Group.

We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the lands where we operate, the Gunaikurnai people, and pay respects to their elders, past, present and emerging.