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Environmental approval recommended for large-scale renewable energy hub
May 4, 2020

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has recommended environmental approval for a large-scale wind and solar renewable energy project in the Pilbara, subject to conditions including managing and monitoring impacts on migratory birds.

EPA Chair Dr Tom Hatton said the proposed Asian Renewable Energy Hub comprised a series of onshore wind turbines and solar panels situated about 220 kilometres east of Port Hedland, with a transmission cable corridor to the coast and subsea cables to the edge of state waters.


EPA releases greenhouse gas emissions guidance
April 16, 2020

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has published its greenhouse gas emissions guidance, following more than 20 weeks of consultation and almost 7,000 submissions from the community and industry.

The EPA completed a 12-week consultation period from June last year, before releasing its greenhouse gas emissions guidance as a draft in December. The EPA’s Stakeholder Reference Group were given a further eight weeks to consider the draft guidance and provide feedback directly to the EPA.


Scarborough Project Nearshore Component recommended for environmental approval
January 6, 2020

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has recommended approval for the State component of a liquid natural gas (LNG) pipeline, part of the Scarborough Gas Field Project.

EPA Chair Dr Tom Hatton said the proposal would see the installation of a gas trunkline 32.7 km long, located adjacent to the existing Pluto LNG Facility 8 km north east of Dampier in the Pilbara, Western Australia.


Woodside’s Browse and North West Shelf proposals out for public comment
December 18, 2019

An eight-week round of community consultation on the proposed Browse to North West Shelf Development and the North West Shelf Project Extension opens today.

The proposals are operated by Woodside Energy Ltd on behalf of their Joint Venture Partners.

EPA Chair Dr Tom Hatton said for the first time, the EPA was hosting the consultation platform on behalf of the Commonwealth and the community would have the opportunity to provide feedback on the separate State and Commonwealth assessments on the same website at the same time.


Lake Disappointment potash proposal recommended for environmental approval
December 10, 2019

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has recommended a second potash proposal for environmental approval, with the completion of its environmental impact assessment on the Lake Disappointment Potash Project, in Western Australia’s Great Sandy Desert region.

EPA Chair Dr Tom Hatton said the proposal, located 320 kilometres east of Newman, would produce 400,000 tonnes of sulfate of potash a year from Lake Disappointment for domestic and international markets and was assessed on its unique location and environmental impact.


EPA releases draft greenhouse gas emissions guideline
December 9, 2019

Under a new draft guideline released by the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) today, proponents of major greenhouse gas emitting projects will need to show how they can reasonably and practicably avoid, reduce, and offset emissions to contribute to the State’s aspiration of net zero emissions by 2050.

The EPA has released its draft greenhouse gas emissions assessment guideline, following comprehensive consultation with industry and the community.


EPA recommends METRONET proposal to go ahead, with the construction of 3 green bridges
November 25, 2019

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has recommended a METRONET proposal to extend the Joondalup train line from the future Eglinton Station to Yanchep to go ahead, subject to a number of conditions including offsets and the construction of three vegetated ‘green’ bridges over the train line to allow wildlife to safely cross the tracks and to maintain vegetation links.


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.


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.


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.