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Media statements are also released by the Minister for Environment.

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EPA recommends approval for lithium project in the Shire of Yilgarn
October 14, 2019

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has recommended Covalent Lithium Pty Ltd’s Earl Grey Lithium Project, 105 kilometres southeast of Southern Cross, to go ahead.

EPA Chair Dr Tom Hatton said the EPA found the Earl Grey proposal could be environmentally acceptable, if certain conditions were implemented to avoid and minimise potential impacts.

“This is the second largest lithium mining proposal, along with the Greenbushes mine expansion, the EPA has assessed this year,” Dr Hatton said.

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Submissions to the EPA’s greenhouse gas assessment guidance now available
October 3, 2019

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has today published almost 7000 public submissions received as part of the consultation on its greenhouse gas assessment guidance.

The intent of the 12-week consultation was to ensure the EPA’s assessment guidance on greenhouse gas emissions was well informed by industry and community views.

EPA Chair Dr Tom Hatton thanked those who took the time to make a submission.

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Community feedback sought on pipeline proposal for Learmonth
October 2, 2019

An eight-week round of community consultation on a proposal by Subsea 7 to construct and operate a pipeline fabrication facility near Exmouth opens today.

EPA Chair Dr Tom Hatton said community feedback would inform the environmental assessment of the proposal and the public can view the proposal’s Environmental Review Document here.

“This proposal is of high public interest and the EPA welcomes all feedback from the public to help provide further information about the potential environmental impact on the local area,” Dr Hatton said.

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Submissions to the EPA’s greenhouse gas assessment guidance now available
October 2, 2019

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has today published almost 7000 public submissions received as part of the consultation on its greenhouse gas assessment guidance.

The intent of the 12-week consultation was to ensure the EPA’s assessment guidance on greenhouse gas emissions was well informed by industry and community views.

EPA Chair Dr Tom Hatton thanked those who took the time to make a submission.

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EPA recommends compliance start date for Gorgon’s carbon dioxide injection
September 25, 2019

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has recommended a compliance start date for Chevron Australia’s carbon dioxide injection system at its Gorgon Gas Development on Barrow Island.

The EPA was tasked with inquiring into the date at which Chevron would be accountable for its carbon dioxide injection system, given the delay in using the injection system after the proponent had begun gas processing operations.

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EPA recommends stronger conditions to protect Burrup rock art from emissions
September 18, 2019

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has concluded an inquiry into whether an air quality condition imposed on Yara Pilbara Nitrates Pty Ltd’s Technical Ammonium Nitrate Production Facility (TANPF) on the Burrup Peninsula needed to be changed to protect the region’s rock art.

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Public consultation on EPA’s greenhouse gas guidelines now closed
September 3, 2019

Public consultation on the Environmental Protection Authority’s (EPA) greenhouse gas guidelines has closed.

EPA Chair Dr Tom Hatton said all submissions would now be reviewed and work on redrafting the greenhouse gas guidance would begin.

“The EPA received more than 6500 submissions and I thank everybody who took the time over the last 12 weeks to provide feedback on this important and complex process,” Dr Hatton said.

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METRONET Thornlie-Cockburn Link recommended for environmental approval
August 12, 2019

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) is recommending a proposal from the Public Transport Authority to extend the existing Thornlie rail line to Cockburn Central Station for environmental approval.

EPA Chair Dr Tom Hatton said although the new rail track would be within the existing rail corridor between the Kwinana Freeway and Albany Highway, with new stations at Ranford and Nicholson Roads, the Thornlie-Cockburn Link would have an impact on the environment, but these impacts could be managed and mitigated through a number of conditions.

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Three weeks left to make a submission on the EPA’s greenhouse gas guidelines
August 9, 2019

The public has three weeks left to make a submission on the Environmental Protection Authority’s (EPA) greenhouse gas assessment guidelines.

EPA Chair Dr Tom Hatton said the EPA wanted to hear from as many interested stakeholders and community members as possible on the development of its greenhouse gas assessment guidance before the public submission period closes on 2 September 2019.

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Upper Gascoyne rare earths mine recommended for environmental approval
June 26, 2019

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has recommended environmental approval for a proposal to mine and process rare earths in Western Australia’s Upper Gascoyne, subject to conditions to minimise impacts on significant vegetation and flora and limiting groundwater drawdown.

Hastings Technology Pty Ltd’s Yangibana Rare Earths Project proposes to mine and process rare earth element ore on a 13,373 hectare site about 270 kilometres north-east of Carnarvon.

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