Media Statements

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 environmental approval for State Barrier Fence extension
26 November 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
19 November 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.

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Change in technology for Waste to Energy facility given conditional approval
22 October 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
29 August 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
06 August 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
01 August 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
09 July 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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EPA recommends approval for South West lithium manufacturing plant
15 June 2018

Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) Chair Dr Tom Hatton has recommended approval of a lithium hydroxide product manufacturing plant in an industrial area on the outskirts of Bunbury.

Releasing the EPA’s environmental impact assessment for Albemarle Lithium Pty Ltd’s (Albemarle) Albemarle Kemerton Plant, Dr Hatton said the proposal was environmentally acceptable and could proceed, subject to certain conditions.

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Pardoo Irrigated Agriculture Stage 3 proposal given EPA approval
13 June 2018

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has recommended conditional approval for the Pardoo Irrigated Agriculture Project-Stage 3 in the Pilbara, in its report on the proposal released today.

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Busselton-Margaret River Airport expansion gets conditional approval from the EPA
06 June 2018

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has recommended conditional environmental approval for the Busselton-Margaret River Airport Expansion proposal, with restrictions on noise levels and night-time flying.

EPA Chair Dr Tom Hatton said the airport’s proposed expansion by the City of Busselton could result in larger planes like a Boeing 737 or Airbus A320 utilising the airport, and the noise impacts on the surrounding areas would have to be carefully managed.

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