Managing the Environmental Permitting Process

15 modules


Course Length
16 hours

Edumine Courses

05 Nov 2019



The overall objective of this course is to assist reclamation engineers, scientists, and managers to obtain environmental permits in a timely fashion. It is also intended to help other people, who may be closely associated with permitting, to understand the permitting process. The course also covers steps that will help a permit holder to maintain continued compliance with the permit's requirements, thus avoiding fines, penalties, and, even worse, cessation orders.

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.

The course is filled with examples of regulations and helpful guidance from permitting jurisdictions in Canada and the United States, where the permitting process is mature and fully developed. These have been culled from the author's long experience with reclamation and the legal framework that surrounds it. Given the multitude of jurisdictions that grant permits: US States and even some counties, Canadian Provinces, and Australian States, it is not possible to create a recipe for completing individual permit applications. The applicant is advised strongly to meet with the officials in its jurisdiction to learn about their specifics. This course, however, will enable the applicant to understand and respond expertly to these local specifics.


The course comprises 24 learning sessions, each of 30–60 minutes duration, plus supporting figures, tables, images, references, suggested exercises, and interactive course reviews that confirm achievement of the learning objectives. The total duration of the course is estimated at 16 hours.


  • Lee W. Saperstein


Duration 16 Hours
Access 90 Days
Category Environment
Level Specialize
Version Date December 13, 2016


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Learning Outcomes

  1. Identify the environmental permitting system that exists in most developed nations.
  2. Explain the relationship between environmental assessment and permitting.
  3. Recognize how an environmental management system can be used to manage existing permits.


By completing/passing this course, you will attain the certificate Edumine Certification

Learning Credits

Table of contents
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Module 1: An Introduction to Environmental Permitting
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Knowledge Check Module 1: An Introduction to Environmental Permitting
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Module 2: Environmental Legislation
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Module 3: Environmental Assessment
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Knowledge Check Module 3: Environmental Assessment
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Module 4: The Modern Permit and Its Application
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Knowledge Check Module 4: The Modern Permit and Its Application
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Module 5: Systematic Management of the Application Process
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Knowledge Check Module 5: Systematic Management of the Application Process
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Module 6: Assuring Compliance by Using an Environmental Management System
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Knowledge Check Module 6: Assuring Compliance by Using an Environmental Management System
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Module 7: Summary, Suggestions, and Glossary
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Knowledge Check Module 7: Summary, Suggestions, and Glossary
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Added 11 months ago, by Guy
Good information on the principles and requirements. It provides a basic roadmap to getting a project permitted
Added 11 months ago, by Sarah
Added over 1 year ago, by Guillermo Enrique
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