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Question On Notice No. 1740 asked in the Legislative Council on 6 November 2018 by Hon Jacqui Boydell

Question Directed to the: Minister for Regional Development representing the Minister for Mines and Petroleum
Minister responding: Hon W.J. Johnston
Parliament: 40 Session: 1
Question

I refer to all iron ore mining operations in the Pilbara and the management of asbestos, and I ask:
(a) will the Minister please detail which companies have submitted Asbestos Management Plans relating to what mine sites to the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety;
(b) will the Minister please detail the number of times and locations where the department has been advised that asbestos has been encountered in mining operations in the Pilbara;
(c) how often does the department receive monitoring results from mining companies outlining the mineral content or iron ore during ship-loading activities; and
(d) has the department ever received notification from mining companies that members of the community or port workers have been exposed to asbestos during ship-loading of iron ore?

Answered on 4 December 2018

(a) The Mines Safety and Inspection Act 1994 (MSI Act) does not require mining companies to submit Asbestos Management Plans to the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (the Department).

In the course of their work, Inspectors from the Department may request that a mine manager submit an Asbestos Management Plan.

The following mining companies operating in the Pilbara have submitted Asbestos Management Plans:

  • CITIC Pacific Mining Management Ltd
  • Mineral Resources Limited
  • Fortescue Metals Group Ltd
  • BHP Billiton Iron Ore Pty Ltd
  • Rio Tinto related companies
  • Roy Hill Iron Ore Pty Ltd 
  • Pilbara Minerals

(b) Since 1 January 2011, 16 notifiable incidents, related to asbestos, have been reported by mining operations in the Pilbara. Of these, one related to the handling of an asbestos containing material (ACM) used in the construction of the infrastructure at a port operation.

06/11/2014

Phils Creek - Open Pit

PROCESS MINERALS INTERNATIONAL PTY LTD

21/02/2016

Iron Valley - Open Pit

MINERAL RESOURCES LIMITED

02/01/2015

Mining Area C - Open Pit

BHP BILLITON IRON ORE PTY. LTD.

20/06/2015

Yandi - Open Pit

BHP BILLITON IRON ORE PTY. LTD.

12/05/2016

Yandi - Open Pit

BHP BILLITON IRON ORE PTY. LTD.

10/02/2017

Mining Area C - Open Pit

BHP BILLITON IRON ORE PTY. LTD.

21/07/2017

Nelson Point and Finucane Island - Port

BHP BILLITON IRON ORE PTY. LTD.

20/08/2017

Nifty – Underground

NIFTY COPPER PTY LTD

28/01/2014

Brockman 2 - Open Pit

HAMERSLEY IRON PTY. LIMITED, RIO TINTO

21/07/2014

Greater Paraburdoo - Open Pit

HAMERSLEY IRON PTY. LIMITED, RIO TINTO

05/08/2014

Tom Price - Open Pit

HAMERSLEY IRON PTY. LIMITED, RIO TINTO

24/08/2014

Marandoo - Open Pit

HAMERSLEY IRON PTY. LIMITED, RIO TINTO

30/04/2017

Tom Price - Open Pit

HAMERSLEY IRON PTY. LIMITED, RIO TINTO

23/05/2017

Tom Price - Open Pit

HAMERSLEY IRON PTY. LIMITED, RIO TINTO

01/07/2017

Tom Price - Open Pit

HAMERSLEY IRON PTY. LIMITED, RIO TINTO

15/09/2018

Tom Price - Processing

HAMERSLEY IRON PTY. LIMITED, RIO TINTO

 

(c) A mine operator must submit a Project Management Plan (PMP) before operation of a mine can begin. The mine operator must include the mineral content of product being mined, transported or shipped with the PMP. However, the mine operator is not required to submit the mineral content report of product each time it is shipped.

(d) No