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Public preferences for timeliness and quality of mine site rehabilitation. The case of bauxite mining in Western Australia

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  • Burton, Michael
  • Jasmine Zahedi, Shegufa
  • White, Ben

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Government departments that regulate environmental management for mining have a range of choices about the timing and quality of rehabilitation. Economic theory suggests that the cost incurred by firms should relate to the social cost of the environmental damage, however, there has been little work done on non-market values for mine rehabilitation. This study uses choice modelling to assess these issues for bauxite mining in state owned native forest in south-west Australia. The results show that the public place a relatively high value on the re-creation of vertebrate habitat and would prefer in situ mine rehabilitation over environmental offsets. Alcoa's current rehabilitation practices appear to be supported by the preferences revealed in this study.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Resources Policy.

Volume (Year): 37 (2012)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
Pages: 1-9

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Handle: RePEc:eee:jrpoli:v:37:y:2012:i:1:p:1-9

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Keywords: Choice modelling; Bauxite; Mine rehabilitation; Environmental policy; Non-market valuation;

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  1. Windle, Jill & Rolfe, John, 2014. "Valuation framing and attribute scope variation in a choice experiment to asses the impacts of changing land use from agriculture to mining," 2014 Conference (58th), February 4-7, 2014, Port Maquarie, Australia 165888, Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society.

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