“No conditions can prevent mining less than a mile from where Australia’s main plants operate and where communities of people live and raise their children,” HTA President Dr Cameron Collins told AAP.
The comments came after the NSW Planning Department recommended the Anglo-American mine be approved by an independent planning commission.
The Drayton Coal Mine has been in the pipeline for about six years and has been rejected three times by the Planning Evaluation Commission, despite numerous reviews.
The latter conditions will include the management of dust, noise and blasting.
Anglo American welcomed the government’s recommendation, saying it recognizes “that coexistence between the mining and horse industries in the Hunter Valley is possible.”
“Anglo American is still very disappointed that previous PAC decisions did not support the project.”