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The proposed National Minerals Policy should result in efficient and timely rehabilitation of lands after mining, and clear regulations on mineral tenure, revocation, penalties and compensation.
This was outlined recently by Chairman of the National Minerals Policy Committee, Oral Rainford, when he addressed a meeting of the Alumina Partners of Jamaica (ALPART) Community Council, in Nain, St. Elizabeth.
“The Government will promote integration of the following considerations into the operations of mineral exploiting companies – rehabilitation of mined or otherwise disturbed mineral-bearing lands within three years of mining having been completed; and as a requirement for mineral exploitation, the responsible parties must develop a comprehensive rehabilitation plan, which must be approved by the Commissioner of Mines, and the Town and Country Planning Authority,” Mr. Rainford informed.
He added that under the established policy, entities involved in the mining industry, would have to possess the necessary financing, expertise and equipment to carry out land rehabilitation and mine closure, in a timely and efficient manner.
“Holders of mineral exploiting permits will be required to post a Rehabilitation Bond with the Commissioner of Mines, or otherwise secure the funds required to provide for the effective rehabilitation of mined areas. And, in seeking to extend the usefulness and life of the diminishing resource, the Government commits to the promotion of ore blending, to achieve commercially acceptable and economically viable grades,” Mr. Rainford said.
“The development of sustainability criteria relating to environmental, economical and social objectives and indicators for mineral production and use, are viewed as a priority in this policy. In the formulation of criteria and indicators, a collaborative approach involving all stakeholders, is being used. Applicable and appropriate standards and the country’s commitment to sustainable development at the international level, will be taken into account,” he added.
Mr. Rainford pointed out that a progress report with respect to the policy’s impact and achievements, would be presented every year after its implementation.
“The Ministry, through its Minerals Policy and Development Division and the Mines and Geology Division, shall issue periodic updates and progress reports on the policy’s implementation and achievements to the House of Parliament,” the Chairman said.