A review of subterranean fauna assessment in Western Australia - Discussion paper Summary:
Impacts on subterranean fauna are assessed as part of the Environmental Protection Authority's (EPA) process to determine the environmental impacts of proposals. Although subterranean fauna has only been a key environmental factor since the mid-1990s, much has been learned in that time and about 40 major projects have included the factor. The EPA is interested in understanding the changing state of knowledge, legal and policy drivers, effectiveness of current assessment practices and potential opportunities to improve the way in which assessment is done and has prepared a discussion paper.
A review of subterranean fauna assessment in Western Australia summarises developments in subterranean fauna science, how the EPA’s assessment of subterranean fauna has changed over time, concerns with current EPA guidance statements, and provides some options for the future direction of subterranean fauna assessment.
The EPA is currently inviting comments on the discussion paper and will use the feedback to produce an Environmental Assessment Guideline, which will provide advice to proponents on future requirements for environmental assessment of subterranean fauna.
Comments on the discussion paper are requested by Friday 30 March 2012 to email@example.com.Status:
2 March 2012Appeals closeClick here to view the document (file type: Acrobat PDF file size: 1012.34 KB)
Guidelines for Preparing Mine Closure Plans Summary:
These mine closure guidelines come into effect from 1 July 2011, streamlining the requirements for closure and rehabilitation plans and reducing regulatory overlap between the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) and the Department of Mines and Petroleum (DMP).
The joint development of the Guidelines for Preparing Mine Closure Plans
will enable the DMP to take the lead role in the assessment of future mine closure plans. Status:
22 June 2011Appeals closeClick here to view the document (file type: Acrobat PDF file size: 2.33 MB)
Shared Environmental Assessment Knowledge (SEAK) Summary:
Following the release of the Environmental Impact Assessment Review in March 2009, the Minister for Environment requested the EPA Chairman, Dr Paul Vogel, to convene a Taskforce to develop a conceptual model to share environmental assessment knowledge and build a business case for implementation. Status:
17 December 2009Appeals ClosedClick here for more information
Lead Agency Framework Guidance Document Summary:
The Premier has announced a new lead agency framework to improve coordination and efficiency of approvals processes across Government. Status:
16 October 2009Appeals closeClick here for more information
Water Quality Improvement Plan for the Rivers and Estuary of the Peel-Harvey System – Phosphorus Management Summary:
The EPA and the Australian Government has prepared a Water Quality Improvement Plan that takes the findings of seven supporting projects and recommends a combination of management measures to reduce phosphorus loss from land uses within the coastal sections of the three catchments - the Serpentine, Murray and Harvey - draining to the Peel-Harvey Estuary.Status:
15 December 2008Appeals closeClick here for more information
Pilbara Coastal Water Quality Consultation Outcomes Summary:
The region of interest comprises State marine waters from Exmouth Gulf to Cape Keraudren. The primary aim of the consultation was to assess the level of community support for the environmental quality management framework proposed and, in particular, to seek public input on how the environmental quality objectives and their levels of ecological protection should be allocated spatially throughout the region so as to protect environmental values held by the community.Status:
30 March 2006Appeals closeClick here to view the document (file type: Acrobat PDF file size: 3.71 MB)
Perth's Coastal Waters Environmental Values and Objectives Summary:
The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has developed an environmental management framework aimed at protecting the coastal waters of Western Australia from the effects of pollution. This framework is being applied to Perth's coastal waters in consultation with the community and stakeholders. A three month public involvement and consultation program has been undertaken to help the EPA identify the Environmental Values of these waters, develop a set of Environmental Quality Objectives (ie. management goals) to protect the Environmental Values, and provide an indication of where the objectives should apply within Perth's coastal waters. Status:
1 February 2000Appeals closeClick here to view the document (file type: Acrobat PDF file size: 961.94 KB)