Revisions to the existing Marandoo Iron Ore Project, 37km east of Tom Price in the central Pilbara, intended mainly to consolidate and update conditions, have been recommended for approval by the Environmental Protection Authority.
Hamersley Iron Pty Limited proposes to revise conditions applying to the existing Marandoo Iron Ore Project which comprises an open-cut iron ore mine, associated infrastructure and parts of the Central Pilbara Railway.
The mining component of the existing project is confined to the Marandoo mine lease which was excised from Karijini National Park in 1991 and is bounded by the park on three sides.
EPA Chairman Dr Paul Vogel said proposed revisions were assessed on proponent information (API, category A) and would better define development envelopes within the project area, provide for the clearing of an extra 400ha of native vegetation within the Mine/Plant Development Envelope and consolidate existing Ministerial Statements which outlined Project conditions - from three statements into one.
“The existing Marandoo Iron Ore Project involves open-pit mining of iron ore deposits above and below the groundwater table,” Dr Vogel said.
“Various conditions were outlined across three separate Ministerial Statements and a lot of work has been undertaken to examine these, eliminating duplication and consolidating conditions into a single Ministerial Statement.
“The proposed revisions were also investigated fully to maintain adequate protection of the environment, with particular attention to the loss of 383ha of native vegetation in ‘good to excellent’ condition, and also to weed control measures.”
The EPA considered the proposal could be managed to meet objectives for Flora and Vegetation and Offsets, subject to a condition requiring a financial contribution to a government-established conservation offset fund to mitigate the loss of native vegetation.
The EPA’s report to the Minister for Environment is now open for a two-week public appeal period, closing August 31, 2015. Appeals are administered independently by the Appeals Convenor and can be made at www.appealsconvenor.wa.gov.au
The Minister for Environment will make the final decision.
EPA Report 1558 is available at www.epa.wa.gov.au
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