Commission rejects DA for Kepco’s Bylong coal mine

The New South Wales Independent Planning Commission has rejected the development of a coalmine near Mudgee because of significant concerns about environmental impacts, including on climate change, and the costs to future generations.

The Guardian is reporting the commission said it had refused development approval for Kepco’s proposal for an open-cut and underground coalmine in the Bylong valley that would extract up to 120m tonnes of coal over 25 years for export.

In a statement of reasons that referred to February’s historic ruling on the Rocky Hill coalmine, the commission said the developer had not done enough to minimise greenhouse gas emissions associated with the project.

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