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New fire highlights need for urgent mine rehabilitation
28 November 2014
Reports today of a fire at the open cut Loy Yang coal mine highlight the urgent need for the next Victorian government to speed up mine rehabilitation says Environment Victoria.
"Evidence from the Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiry confirmed that the only areas of the Hazelwood northern batters that did not catch fire in February were those that had been rehabilitated," said Dr Nicholas Aberle, Safe Climate Campaign Manager for Environment Victoria.
Rehabilitation involves flattening the steep mine walls and covering exposed coal with earth and vegetation.