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Media statements are also released by the Minister for Environment.

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EPA recommends approval for South West lithium manufacturing plant
15 June 2018

Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) Chair Dr Tom Hatton has recommended approval of a lithium hydroxide product manufacturing plant in an industrial area on the outskirts of Bunbury.

Releasing the EPA’s environmental impact assessment for Albemarle Lithium Pty Ltd’s (Albemarle) Albemarle Kemerton Plant, Dr Hatton said the proposal was environmentally acceptable and could proceed, subject to certain conditions.

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Pardoo Irrigated Agriculture Stage 3 proposal given EPA approval
13 June 2018

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has recommended conditional approval for the Pardoo Irrigated Agriculture Project-Stage 3 in the Pilbara, in its report on the proposal released today.

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Busselton-Margaret River Airport expansion gets conditional approval from the EPA
06 June 2018

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has recommended conditional environmental approval for the Busselton-Margaret River Airport Expansion proposal, with restrictions on noise levels and night-time flying.

EPA Chair Dr Tom Hatton said the airport’s proposed expansion by the City of Busselton could result in larger planes like a Boeing 737 or Airbus A320 utilising the airport, and the noise impacts on the surrounding areas would have to be carefully managed.

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EPA recommends approval for another irrigated agricultural proposal
30 May 2018

Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) Chair Dr Tom Hatton has recommended approval for a second irrigated agriculture proposal in the Kimberley this year.

Releasing the EPA’s environmental impact assessment for Argyle Cattle Company Pty Ltd’s Shamrock Station Irrigation Project, Dr Hatton said the proposal was environmentally acceptable and could proceed, subject to certain conditions.

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Index of Biodiversity Surveys for Assessments
11 May 2018

The EPA has proudly partnered with the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation and the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety to deliver the Index of Biodiversity Surveys for Assessments (IBSA), a new project that captures vital biodiversity data and makes it publicly available. IBSA was developed as a result of collaboration between the State Government and the Western Australian Biodiversity Science Institute.

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EPA gives green light for irrigated agriculture proposal in the Kimberley
21 March 2018

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has recommended the implementation of Kimberley Agriculture Investment’s Carlton Plain: Stage 1 irrigated agriculture proposal, subject to certain conditions.

EPA Chair Dr Tom Hatton said Carlton Plain Stage 1, is one of four separate irrigated agriculture proposals across the State undergoing EPA assessment.

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EPA recommends conditional approval for Onslow Marine Support Base Stage 2
05 February 2018

A proposal to extend the Onslow Marine Support Base to allow off-shore vessels to access the newly constructed Beadon Creek Maritime Facility was recommended for environmental approval today.

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Environmental assessments for development proposals on the rise
12 December 2017

The number of significant projects requiring assessment by the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) are up 50% over last year.

EPA chairman Dr Tom Hatton said development proposal referrals that warranted formal assessment had sharply increased in recent months and showed no signs of slowing down.

“In the first five months of this financial year, 15 development proposals were of a scale and complexity warranting formal assessment,” Dr Tom Hatton said.

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EPA recommends conditional approval for Sandy Ridge waste facility proposal
11 December 2017

A proposal to develop a dual open cut kaolin (clay) mine and waste storage facility in the Goldfields has been recommended for approval by the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA), with strict conditions.

Tellus Holdings Limited’s Sandy Ridge proposal would establish a Kaolin clay mine as well as a waste facility, storing Class IV waste (secure landfill) and Class V (intractable waste), including non-nuclear low level radioactive waste. The facility would not receive nuclear wastes such as spent fuel from a nuclear reactor.

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EPA releases report on Mining Area C - Southern Flank Project Report 1610
08 December 2017

BHP’s Southern Flank iron ore proposal recommended for approval

Report 1610

BHP’s proposal to expand its Mining Area C iron ore operations in the Pilbara was recommended for environmental approval today.  

The Environmental Protection Authority has completed its assessment of the proposal, recommending it may be implemented but with strict conditions and offsets.

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