After cleaning up its legislation, the Queensland Labor government won the right to force resource companies to clean up their sites - even in the event of administration - with the bill referred to as the "Clive Palmer legislation" passing in the early hours of the morning, with the support of the LNP. Environment Minister Steven Miles had introduced the bill last month, in the wake of the Queensland Nickel situation, with the intention of forcing resource companies, using Mr Palmer's Townsville refinery as an example, to meet their environmental responsibilities, even if they go bust. Previously, taxpayers were left to foot the bill for environmental clean-ups on mine and related sites if the resource company which ran the project entered administration. Mr Palmer, whose Yabulu refinery workforce was laid off last month, was ordered by the government to ensure enough staff were left at the plant to ensure it met its environmental protection obligations. Tailings dams on the site, which sits just outside the Great Barrier Reef, are already the subject of a court case, with allegations one of the ponds had overflowed. The dams contain high levels of ammonia, among other waste. The government and Queensland Nickel Sales are continuing to monitor the ponds while the administration details are worked out. The government, wanting to ensure that in the event the refinery was shut down for good the state wouldn't get lumped with the estimated $100 million clean-up cost, introduced legislation it wanted passed as soon as possible. But the parliamentary committee review of the legislation revealed issues with the bill, which split support for it. Concerns were raised that it was too broad and would inadvertently target "mum and dad" investors and that property owners who had leased land to mining interests could potentially have been left liable for the clean-up costs. The LNP had said it supported the spirit of the legislation, but could not vote for bill as it stood. After discussions with those who raised concerns, which included the Queensland Law Society, the bill was amended to the point it received bi-partisan support. Dr Miles said he spoke for the Parliament when he said he hoped the laws never had to be used, but were necessary to ensure Queensland taxpayers did not pick up the multimillion-dollar clean-up bills. "These new laws create a legal chain of responsibility for environmental harm," he said in a statement. "The people hiding behind a business which is doing the wrong things will now be expected to take action, and the people who should make a contribution to clean up and rehabilitate the sire will be called on to do so. "Those who are diligent in their environmental responsibilities have absolutely nothing to be concerned about, whereas those who have been reckless might find themselves connected by the chain of responsibility." The legislation also won the support of environmental activists, such as Lock the Gate's Drew Hutton.