The Queensland Government has defended new laws to allow mine operators to release water during emergencies.
Environment Minister Andrew Powell says the Bill implements the Queensland Floods Inquiry recommendations.
"The Opposition will have you believe that this is some sort of secret deal with resources companies - I refute that completely, that is outrageous," he said.
"We are talking about recommendations made by the Flood Commission of Inquiry that the former Member for South Brisbane, former premier Anna Bligh herself said on March 17, you don't have a Commission of Inquiry to ignore the recommendations." Mr Powell says mining companies will be able to apply for a temporary emissions licence (TEL) in certain cases.
"This is a emergency provision only and would only be used in the most dire situation," he said.
"The day-to-day work of getting alongside mining companies, working with them around the conditions for their water management and for their water releases is an ongoing piece of work that I and my department will continue to do." Mr Powell says changes to regulations around mine water discharge would have been made regardless of which party was in power.
He says both sides of politics promised to implement the recommendations prior to the last election.
"Quite simply, the Flood Commission of Inquiry found there is a legislative gap when it comes to dealing with emergencies," he said.
"The kind of emergencies we're talking about are those instances over the last few years when it comes to extraordinary amounts of rainfall and natural disasters like flooding." However, Opposition environment spokeswoman Jackie Trad says the legislation goes too far.
"I am very, very concerned - I think that the Government is hiding behind the recommendations of the Flood Inquiry," she said.
"They're using them as a fig leaf in fact to go further in terms of the provisions that are provided in this Bill to allow for the release of water contained on mine sites.
"I think the Flood Inquiry made a compelling case for the way in which Government, miners, can work together in order to release water that doesn't impact on the environment or people's drinking supplies.
"I think this Government is going further."