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Media statements are also released by the Minister for Environment.

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METRONET Thornlie-Cockburn Link recommended for environmental approval
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
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
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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Eliwana Iron Ore mining project recommended for environmental approval
2019

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has recommended environmental approval for the Eliwana Iron Ore Mine Project, subject to conditions including minimising impacts on surface and groundwater, flora and vegetation, subterranean fauna and places of Aboriginal cultural significance.

Fortescue Metals Group (FMG) propose to develop and operate the Eliwana Iron Ore Mine Project, located 90km north-west of Tom Price in the Pilbara.

EPA Chair Dr Tom Hatton said if all the recommended conditions were implemented, the proposal would be environmentally acceptable.

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Consultation on EPA’s greenhouse gas assessment guidance opens today
2019

A 12-week round of industry and community consultation on the Environmental Protection Authority’s (EPA) greenhouse gas emissions assessment guidance opens today.

EPA Chair Dr Tom Hatton said the consultation will help ensure the EPA’s assessment guidance on greenhouse gas emissions is well informed by both the industry and the community’s views.

“The EPA is open to all views during the consultation and welcomes all submissions,” Dr Hatton said.

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Gas pipeline on Burrup Peninsula recommended for environmental approval
2019

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has recommended environmental approval of a natural gas pipeline proposal on the Burrup Peninsula in the Pilbara region, subject to conditions including the protection of internationally significant Aboriginal rock art.

The proponent, DDG Operations Pty Ltd, proposes to develop and operate the Pluto North West Shelf Interconnector – a 3.3 kilometre buried steel pipeline within the Dampier to Bunbury Gas Pipe Line Corridor to connect the Pluto Liquefied Natural Gas plant and Karratha Gas Plant.

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Further consultation on EPA’s greenhouse gas guidelines opens June 10, 2019
2019

Further consultation on EPA’s greenhouse gas guidelines opens June 10, 2019

The Environmental Protection Authority will open public and stakeholder consultation on its greenhouse gas guidelines next month.

The 12-week consultation period will begin on Monday 10 June, closing on Monday 2 September 2019.

EPA Chair Dr Tom Hatton said the Authority had listened to industry, interest groups and the community on the need to consult further on the guidelines, which were rescinded in March.

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West Angelas iron ore mine expansion recommended for environmental approval
2019

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has recommended for environmental approval the expansion of an iron ore mine in Western Australia’s Pilbara region, subject to conditions including the protection of national park water resources and threatened ghost bats.

The recommendation to the Environment Minister follows a public review process for the EPA assessment of environmental impacts of the proposal, to expand open-cut mining at the West Angelas mine site, 130km north-west of Newman, by 4,100 hectares (ha) to 26,700 ha.

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Expansion of Greenbushes Lithium Mine recommended for environmental approval
2019

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has recommended environmental approval for the expansion of the Greenbushes Lithium Mine about 250km south of Perth, subject to certain conditions including protection of threatened black cockatoos unique to Australia’s south-west.

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First stage of Yanchep rail line recommended for environmental approval
2019

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has recommended the State Government’s first stage of the Yanchep rail line for environmental approval, provided conditions to minimise impacts to Carnaby’s Black Cockatoo and other local wildlife are met.

Releasing the EPA’s environmental assessment of the Yanchep Rail Extension Part 1 today, EPA Chair Dr Tom Hatton said the project’s proponent, Public Transport Authority (PTA), would need to undertake measures to minimise the proposal’s impact on the surrounding environment.

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