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Alcoa Anglesea Power Station and Coal Mine


Alcoa’s Anglesea Power Station and Mine has now closed.

Ongoing support for ex-Alcoa employees remains available through the Government’s Geelong Workforce Development Centre located at The Gordon Institute of TAFE along with extended access to government-subsidised training to help employees retrain.

Local businesses may be eligible to access payments of up to $2,000 for employing retrenched Alcoa workers through the Government’s Back to Work scheme.

The Government’s coordinated approach to rehabilitation of the Anglesea site, with departments and regulators working together, will not change.

Rehabilitation of the entire site will take many years. There are number of different elements to the site including the mine and the power station along with a landfill and a number of onsite ponds. Alcoa will remain at the site post closure and will be responsible for the rehabilitation of the site.

Alcoa is required to develop a final closure plan for the mine in line with its current approved rehabilitation plan. Rehabilitation of the site is a condition of the mining licence and Earth Resources Regulation (ERR) will ensure that satisfactory rehabilitation outcomes are achieved.

EPA Victoria will regulate the decommissioning and remediation of the power station, landfills and any ongoing water discharges from the mine. A shutdown plan for the decommissioning of the power station is currently being developed by Alcoa.

The rehabilitation of the mine and decommissioning of the power station are important issues to the Anglesea community and the Government is committed to keeping the community engaged throughout this process.

Frequently Asked Questions


Employees

Will the Government continue its support of retrenched workers?

Environment

What is EPA’s role in the rehabilitation of the site?
What will the rehabilitation works include?
How long will clean up take?
Can the EPA take action if Alcoa fails to satisfactorily perform any of the identified activities?

Mine rehabilitation

Who is responsible for remediation of the Alcoa Anglesea mine?
What is being done to rehabilitate the mine?

Power station decommissioning

What happens to Alcoa’s energy generation licence?
Who is responsible for remediation of the Alcoa Anglesea power station?

Fire risk mitigation

Is the Alcoa Anglesea site considered a high risk site for fires?
Will the mine closure result in changes to Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning fire operations plan in Anglesea?
For the 2015/16 fire season is there a change to the fire management arrangements for the Anglesea Heath?

Anglesea River

How long has Alcoa been pumping water into the Anglesea River, and what impact has that had on the river?
How will the Government manage water levels in the Anglesea River once the site closes?

Dust

What dust suppression measures will be implemented at the Anglesea coal mine during rehabilitation?

Power station decommissioning

What happens to Alcoa’s energy generation licence?
Who is responsible for remediation of the Alcoa Anglesea power station?

Employee FAQ's

Will the Government continue its support of retrenched workers?

Ongoing support for former Alcoa employees remains available through the Government’s Geelong Workforce Development Centre located at The Gordon Institute of TAFE along with extended access to government-subsidised training to help employees retrain.

Local businesses may be eligible to access payments for employing retrenched Alcoa workers through the Government’s Back to Work scheme.

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Environment FAQ's

What is EPA’s role in the rehabilitation of the site?

EPA Victoria will regulate the decommissioning and remediation of the power station, landfills and any ongoing water discharges from the mine. A shutdown plan for the decommissioning of the power station is currently being developed by Alcoa.

Detail on each stage of the future decommissioning will be provided in the following months and years - prior to those stages commencing.

What will the rehabilitation works include?

Remediation activities will be determined following the conclusion of land and groundwater contamination assessments under an EPA notice.

How long will clean up take?

Rehabilitation of the entire site will take many years. There are number of different elements to the site including the mine and the power station along with a landfill and a number of onsite ponds.

Can the EPA take action if Alcoa fails to satisfactorily perform any of the identified activities?

In the event a statutory notice is not complied with or a breach of the EP Act occurs during decommissioning or clean up, a sanction can be applied. This would be in line with EPA’s Compliance and Enforcement Policy.

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Mine rehabilitation FAQ's

Who is responsible for remediation of the Alcoa Anglesea mine?

Earth Resources Regulation of the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR) has specific responsibility for compliance with licence conditions including the rehabilitation process.

What is being done to rehabilitate the mine?

Alcoa is required to develop a final closure plan for the mine in line with its current approved rehabilitation plan. Rehabilitation of the site is a condition of the mining licence and Earth Resources Regulation (ERR) will ensure that satisfactory rehabilitation outcomes are achieved.

The closure plan includes various technical assessments and community and stakeholder input to develop the mine closure concept and agreed rehabilitation closure criteria. A draft timeline has been developed for this process.

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Fire risk mitigation

Is the Alcoa Anglesea site considered a high risk site for fires?

Hot spots and small fires in coal mines are not unusual, although the Alcoa Anglesea mine does not have a significant history of fires.

Will the mine closure result in changes to Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning fire operations plan in Anglesea?

The fire operations plan is part of the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning‘s fuel management strategy to reduce fire risk on public land around Anglesea.

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning will work with Emergency Management Victoria and its partner agencies to make sure the strategy takes into account the rehabilitation of the mine site.

If any changes to operational planning occur as a result of this they will be adapted into the fire operations plan.

For the 2015/16 fire season is there a change to the fire management arrangements for the Anglesea Heath?

Alcoa remains responsible for management of fire risk in the mine. The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning and Parks Victoria continue to manage the heath in a fully integrated manner as part of broader fire management in the Barwon South West Region.

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning , Parks Victoria and the CFA have significant experience in managing fire in the Barwon South-west Region and long standing fire management arrangements.

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning will work with Emergency Management Victoria to ensure rehabilitation of the mine site is taken into account into future fire operations planning.

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Anglesea River

How long has Alcoa been pumping water into the Anglesea River, and what impact has that had on the river?

Alcoa has been pumping water into the Anglesea River since it commenced operations in 1969.

How will the Government manage water levels in the Anglesea River once the site closes?

This summer, water flows from Alcoa’s site to the Anglesea River will continue at a similar level to recent years, while long term planning occurs. This is a transitional arrangement following the shutdown of the Alcoa operations.

The continuation of water flows into Anglesea River from Alcoa’s site post operational shutdown will be regulated by EPA licence limits.

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Dust

What dust suppression measures will be implemented at the Anglesea coal mine during rehabilitation?

The endorsed work plan details the dust suppression measures that will be undertaken at the mine. This includes the use of a water cart and monitoring weather conditions. Further measures may be implemented or instructed to be undertaken as required.

Joint monthly inspections are also planned by WorkSafe and the Government's Earth Resources Regulator to ensure compliance with the work plan, and ensure any adverse impacts to the community are minimised.

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Power station decommissioning FAQ's

What happens to Alcoa’s energy generation licence?

The Essential Services Commission licences electricity generators. When Alcoa Anglesea power station ceases to perform the generation of electricity under a licence it may apply for revocation of the licence to the commission.

Who is responsible for remediation of the Alcoa Anglesea power station?

Alcoa will remain at the site post closure and is responsible for the rehabilitation of the site.

EPA will regulate the decommissioning and remediation of the power station and any ongoing water discharges from the mine.

Earth Resources Regulation (DEDJTR) will regulate remediation of the Alcoa Anglesea Coal Mine.


Fact sheets:

Alcoa Community fact sheet (Word 39.3 KB)
Alcoa Employees fact sheet (Word 182.5 KB)



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Last Updated: 15 April 2016