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Media statements are also released by the Minister for Environment.

Please note that the email address for general media enquiries is info.epa@dwer.wa.gov.au.

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EPA recommends approval for Ocean Reef Marina proposal
February 25, 2019

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has recommended Landcorp’s Ocean Reef Marina proposal is environmentally acceptable and could proceed with strict conditions.
In its Report released today, the EPA recommended nine conditions on the Ocean Reef proposal including;

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EPA to assess proposed Browse to North West Shelf Development
January 24, 2019

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) today determined to assess Woodside Energy’s proposed Browse to the North West Shelf Development, located in State waters off the Kimberley coast.   

EPA Chairman Dr Tom Hatton said the EPA determined to assess the proposal because of:

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EPA determines SMART drumline proposal would have minimal impact
January 17, 2019

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has determined that the SMART drumline trial was unlikely to have significant environmental impact and did not warrant formal assessment because:

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EPA recommends environmental approval for State Barrier Fence extension
November 26, 2018

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has found a proposal to extend the State Barrier Fence environmentally acceptable and recommends it could be implemented subject to certain conditions, including measures to protect the western ground parrot.

Releasing a report and recommendations on the 660-kilometre (km) extension of the fence, EPA Chair Dr Tom Hatton said the Authority had taken a holistic view of the likely impacts of the proposal.

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EPA recommends approval of expanded nickel mining operations near Leinster
November 19, 2018

A proposal to build and operate a nickel sulfide mine near Leinster has been recommended for approval by the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA).

BHP Billiton Nickel West Pty’s proposed Mt Keith Satellite Project is located near the existing Mt Keith Mine nickel operation, approximately 80 kilometres north of Leinster.

The proposed mine will produce around 9.6 million tonnes of nickel ore a year for potential use in lithium batteries. The ore will be trucked to the existing Mt Keith Mine for processing.

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Change in technology for Waste to Energy facility given conditional approval
October 22, 2018

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has recommended conditional approval for New Energy Corporation Pty Ltd to change the technology proposed for its East Rockingham Waste to Energy (WtE) facility.

In making the recommendation EPA Chair Dr Tom Hatton said changing the technology from a gasification process to a combustion process, which is widely used around the world, did not bring any further risks to the surrounding environment or communities.

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EPA releases report on Port Hedland dust
August 29, 2018

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) today released a report recommending dust management for the Roy Hill 1 Iron Ore Project port operations in Port Hedland be regulated under a single regulatory mechanism to remove potential duplication and improve transparency and compliance.

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EPA reviews request to extend Point Grey Marina construction start
August 6, 2018

Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has advised on the extension of the start of construction of an onshore marina and associated boating infrastructure on the western side of Point Grey, near Dawesville.

Releasing the report, EPA Chair Dr Tom Hatton said there had been no changes to the proposal or significant changes to the marina’s local environment, nor any new or additional information that would change its original advice. The EPA was satisfied that the existing implementation conditions would continue to manage and mitigate impacts of the proposal.

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EPA recommends approval of expanded lead mining operations near Wiluna
August 1, 2018

A proposal to revive and expand operations with an innovative lead refinement technology at Paroo Station Lead Mine, near Wiluna, has been recommended for approval by the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA).

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EPA recommends approval for BHP’s long-term mining plan in the Pilbara
July 9, 2018

A strategic mining proposal for the Pilbara, by resources giant BHP, has been recommended for approval by the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA).

BHP Billiton Iron Ore Pty Ltd’s Pilbara Expansion-Strategic Proposal sets out the miner’s operations in the region for the next 50-100 years, including new iron ore mines, the expansion of existing mines and associated infrastructure.

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