Environment group 4nature Inc. has announced it will appeal a decision by the NSW Land and Environment Court to allow Springvale mine to continue operating.
According to the EDO website, “On behalf of 4nature Inc, EDO NSW launched landmark legal action in the NSW Land and Environment Court, arguing that the approval was unlawful because the PAC could not be satisfied the development will have a ‘neutral or beneficial’ effect on water quality in the catchment – a standard introduced by the NSW Government in 2009 specifically to protect Sydney’s drinking water catchment.
“On 13 September 2016 the NSW Land and Environment Court found the PAC’s approval was lawful. 4nature is now appealing that decision in the Court of Appeal”.
“Allowing the judgment to stand would mean accepting the ineffectiveness of long-standing laws
designed to protect Sydney’s drinking water and the health of the catchments,” said 4nature president Andrew Cox.