An Overview of Mining and the Environment in Western Australia

Part of the CSR, Sustainability, Ethics & Governance book series (CSEG)


This chapter identifies and explores the common environmental effects of mining in Western Australia (WA). Utilising unique state-specific data, we examine site-specific factors with reference to metals, mine life cycle, cumulative impacts and temporal disturbance. Emerging trends are discussed with specific reference to WA including in relation to production, ore grades, waste, scale, socio-environmental issues and mine legacy impacts. Finally we explore the constraints on effective environmental management imposed by the WA approach to mining development and discuss challenges for the effective environmental management of mining.


Acid Mine Drainage Mine Waste Mining Industry Waste Rock Western Australia 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Mineral Policy InstitutePerthAustralia
  2. 2.Environmental EngineeringMonash UniversityClaytonAustralia

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