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Media statements are also released by the Minister for Environment.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Submissions to the EPA’s greenhouse gas assessment guidance now available
October 2, 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.

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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.

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EPA recommends compliance start date for Gorgon’s carbon dioxide injection
September 25, 2019

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has recommended a compliance start date for Chevron Australia’s carbon dioxide injection system at its Gorgon Gas Development on Barrow Island.

The EPA was tasked with inquiring into the date at which Chevron would be accountable for its carbon dioxide injection system, given the delay in using the injection system after the proponent had begun gas processing operations.

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EPA recommends stronger conditions to protect Burrup rock art from emissions
September 18, 2019

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has concluded an inquiry into whether an air quality condition imposed on Yara Pilbara Nitrates Pty Ltd’s Technical Ammonium Nitrate Production Facility (TANPF) on the Burrup Peninsula needed to be changed to protect the region’s rock art.

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Public consultation on EPA’s greenhouse gas guidelines now closed
September 3, 2019

Public consultation on the Environmental Protection Authority’s (EPA) greenhouse gas guidelines has closed.

EPA Chair Dr Tom Hatton said all submissions would now be reviewed and work on redrafting the greenhouse gas guidance would begin.

“The EPA received more than 6500 submissions and I thank everybody who took the time over the last 12 weeks to provide feedback on this important and complex process,” Dr Hatton said.

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