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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Expansion of Greenbushes Lithium Mine recommended for environmental approval
May 8, 2019

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has recommended environmental approval for the expansion of the Greenbushes Lithium Mine about 250km south of Perth, subject to certain conditions including protection of threatened black cockatoos unique to Australia’s south-west.

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First stage of Yanchep rail line recommended for environmental approval
May 6, 2019

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has recommended the State Government’s first stage of the Yanchep rail line for environmental approval, provided conditions to minimise impacts to Carnaby’s Black Cockatoo and other local wildlife are met.

Releasing the EPA’s environmental assessment of the Yanchep Rail Extension Part 1 today, EPA Chair Dr Tom Hatton said the project’s proponent, Public Transport Authority (PTA), would need to undertake measures to minimise the proposal’s impact on the surrounding environment.

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EPA recognised internationally for best practice in impact assessments
May 3, 2019

The Western Australian Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has been internationally recognised for its pioneering work in developing policy and guidance as well as its sustained contribution to good practice in impact assessments in Australia.

The International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA) awarded the EPA its Regional Award in Brisbane today, as part of the IAIA annual conference, which was attended by hundreds of impact assessment practitioners from around the world.

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Pilbara mining rail proposal recommended for environmental approval
April 29, 2019

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has recommended environmental approval for construction of the 120km Eliwana Railway project, subject to certain conditions including the protection of significant Aboriginal heritage sites.

It follows extensive consultation with the Eastern Guruma traditional owners as part of a public review process for the EPA’s assessment of impacts on environmental and social values.

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Western Australian potash proposal recommended for environmental approval
April 8, 2019

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has recommended the State’s first potash proposal for environmental approval, subject to certain conditions.

Potash is a key ingredient for fertilisers and is made from hypersaline brine, extracted from groundwater.

EPA Chair Dr Tom Hatton said Kalium Lakes’ Beyondie Sulphate of Potash Project, was one of five potash proposals referred to the EPA for assessment.

“The EPA currently has three other potash proposals under assessment and last week another potash proposal was referred to the EPA,” Dr Hatton said.

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

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EPA releases revised guidance for proponents on greenhouse gas emissions
March 7, 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:

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High Street upgrade recommended for environmental approval
March 5, 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.

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EPA recommends approval for Ocean Reef Marina proposal
February 25, 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;

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

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