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Further consultation on Environmental Protection Authority greenhouse gas guidance recognised
14 March 2019

Please attribute to Environmental Protection Authority Chair Dr Tom Hatton

Over the past week the Environmental Protection Authority held a number of discussions with companies potentially impacted by our revised assessment guidelines on greenhouse gas emissions.

It is clear from our consultation there is some uncertainty within industry on the technical aspects and the practical implementation of the guidelines, particularly with respect to offsets.


EPA releases revised guidance for proponents on greenhouse gas emissions
07 March 2019

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has revised its guidance on mitigating greenhouse gas emissions from significant new or expanding proposals in Western Australia.

The Environmental Factor Guidance – Greenhouse Gas Emissions and EPA Technical Guidance – Mitigating Greenhouse Gas Emissions released today, will help proponents of significant proposals in the State prepare for an environmental assessment by the EPA.

The revised guidelines:


High Street upgrade recommended for environmental approval
05 March 2019

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has found a proposal to upgrade a section of High Street in Fremantle is environmentally acceptable, provided conditions to reduce noise levels, retain mature trees and minimise the impact on black cockatoo habitat are met.

Releasing the EPA’s environmental assessment of the High Street upgrade today, EPA Chair Dr Tom Hatton said the project’s proponent, Main Roads WA, would have to undertake measures to minimise the proposal’s impact on the surrounding environment.


EPA recommends approval for Ocean Reef Marina proposal
25 February 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;


EPA to assess proposed Browse to North West Shelf Development
24 January 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:


EPA determines SMART drumline proposal would have minimal impact
17 January 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:


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.


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.


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.


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.