61. Power with respect to coal mine water discharge.

The Coal Authority may take such action as it considers appropriate, if any, for the purpose of preventing, or mitigating the effect of, the discharge of water from a coal mine1 into or on to any land or into any controlled waters2.

If the Authority is of the opinion that a discharge of water from a coal mine into or on to any land or into any controlled waters has caused, is causing or is likely to cause (1) serious pollution of the environment; or (2) danger to life or health, the Authority may, for any specified purpose3, in writing