Locals and advocates have been left “devastated” and concerned about the environmental impacts of the New South Wales government’s decision to allow Whitehaven Coal to bury used tyres onsite at the Maules Creek coalmine.

The government approved Whitehaven’s modification application on 14 January to allow off-the-road (OTR) tyres that can no longer be used at the mine to be buried within the mine’s waste rock emplacement areas, “subject to appropriate environmental controls”.

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