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Media statements are also released by the Minister for Environment.

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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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EPA releases report on Port Hedland dust Report 1608
06 November 2017

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) today released a report recommending dust management for BHP Billiton’s Port Hedland operations be regulated under a single regulatory mechanism to remove duplication and overlap, and improve transparency and compliance.

EPA Chairman Dr Tom Hatton said the report into dust management at Finucane Island and Nelson Point recommended a more consistent approach to the regulation of dust emissions and discharges.

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EPA urges tighter environmental controls in Collie Report 1607
20 October 2017

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has released its report on an inquiry into a proposal to change environmental conditions for the Bluewaters power station near Collie.

The Bluewaters Power Station Phase I and Phase II proposals, to construct and operate a sub-critical coal-fired base-load power generating facility 4 km northeast of Collie, were each assessed in 2005.

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EPA recommends conditional approval for Thunderbird project Report 1606
09 October 2017

A proposal to mine mineral sands has been recommended for approval by the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA), with strict conditions.

Sheffield Resources Limited’s Thunderbird Mineral Sands Project proposal is located on the Dampier Peninsula in the Kimberley, approximately 95 km northeast of Broome and 75 km west of Derby.

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EPA issues advice on Mandogalup buffer size
02 August 2017

The Environmental Protection Authority has released advice on buffer size for urban development in Mandogalup, a suburb in the City of Kwinana.

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EPA recommends conditional approval for tyre recycling facility: Report 1601
31 July 2017

A proposal by Elan Energy Matrix Pty Ltd (Elan) to develop and operate a tyre resource recovery facility in Welshpool has been recommended for approval by the Environmental Protection Authority.

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Mining unique Banded Iron Formations would cause irreversible environmental impacts - EPA
28 June 2017

Two proposals to mine significant Banded Iron Formations (BIFs) would cause permanent and irreversible environmental impacts, with the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) today recommending against their approval.

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EPA recommends approval for ground water replenishment proposal: Report 1597
29 May 2017

The second stage of the Water Corporation’s proposed Perth Groundwater Replenishment Scheme has been recommended for conditional approval by the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA).

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EPA recommends approval for new Mid West aquaculture zone
03 April 2017

Western Australia’s second large-scale aquaculture development zone has been recommended for approval by the Environmental Protection Authority.

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