We have recently revised our online course, Managing the Environmental Permitting Process, by Lee W. Saperstein.
The concepts that underlie permitting are universal: the social license to operate, including respect for local judgments, environmental assessments, environmental management systems, and that post-mining land use must comply with local or regional planning guidance. Because of the universality of these concepts and the frequent sharing of permitting rules among mining jurisdictions, this course concentrates on those principles that will assist mine planners to obtain permits in a timely fashion.
Topics covered in the course include:
- An Introduction to Environmental Permitting
- Environmental Legislation
- Environmental Assessment
- The Modern Permit and Its Application
- Systematic Management of the Application Process
- Assuring Compliance by Using an Environmental Management System
As the author notes:
“Mine planners who do not engage in the practice of environmental management will be at a disadvantage against those who do. Certainly the permitting authorities are well aware that their permit holders must be vigilant in following the conditions of their permits. This understanding militates for a formal environmental management system.”
For more information on the course and to register for certification, please visit the course page.