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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Busselton-Margaret River Airport expansion gets conditional approval from the EPA
June 6, 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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EPA recommends approval for another irrigated agricultural proposal
May 30, 2018

Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) Chair Dr Tom Hatton has recommended approval for a second irrigated agriculture proposal in the Kimberley this year.

Releasing the EPA’s environmental impact assessment for Argyle Cattle Company Pty Ltd’s Shamrock Station Irrigation Project, Dr Hatton said the proposal was environmentally acceptable and could proceed, subject to certain conditions.

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Index of Biodiversity Surveys for Assessments
May 11, 2018

The EPA has proudly partnered with the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation and the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety to deliver the Index of Biodiversity Surveys for Assessments (IBSA), a new project that captures vital biodiversity data and makes it publicly available. IBSA was developed as a result of collaboration between the State Government and the Western Australian Biodiversity Science Institute.

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EPA gives green light for irrigated agriculture proposal in the Kimberley
March 21, 2018

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has recommended the implementation of Kimberley Agriculture Investment’s Carlton Plain: Stage 1 irrigated agriculture proposal, subject to certain conditions.

EPA Chair Dr Tom Hatton said Carlton Plain Stage 1, is one of four separate irrigated agriculture proposals across the State undergoing EPA assessment.

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EPA recommends conditional approval for Onslow Marine Support Base Stage 2
February 5, 2018

A proposal to extend the Onslow Marine Support Base to allow off-shore vessels to access the newly constructed Beadon Creek Maritime Facility was recommended for environmental approval today.

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Environmental assessments for development proposals on the rise
December 12, 2017

The number of significant projects requiring assessment by the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) are up 50% over last year.

EPA chairman Dr Tom Hatton said development proposal referrals that warranted formal assessment had sharply increased in recent months and showed no signs of slowing down.

“In the first five months of this financial year, 15 development proposals were of a scale and complexity warranting formal assessment,” Dr Tom Hatton said.

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EPA recommends conditional approval for Sandy Ridge waste facility proposal
December 11, 2017

A proposal to develop a dual open cut kaolin (clay) mine and waste storage facility in the Goldfields has been recommended for approval by the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA), with strict conditions.

Tellus Holdings Limited’s Sandy Ridge proposal would establish a Kaolin clay mine as well as a waste facility, storing Class IV waste (secure landfill) and Class V (intractable waste), including non-nuclear low level radioactive waste. The facility would not receive nuclear wastes such as spent fuel from a nuclear reactor.

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EPA releases report on Mining Area C - Southern Flank Project Report 1610
December 8, 2017

BHP’s Southern Flank iron ore proposal recommended for approval

Report 1610

BHP’s proposal to expand its Mining Area C iron ore operations in the Pilbara was recommended for environmental approval today.  

The Environmental Protection Authority has completed its assessment of the proposal, recommending it may be implemented but with strict conditions and offsets.

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EPA releases report on Port Hedland dust Report 1608
November 6, 2017

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) today released a report recommending dust management for BHP Billiton’s Port Hedland operations be regulated under a single regulatory mechanism to remove duplication and overlap, and improve transparency and compliance.

EPA Chairman Dr Tom Hatton said the report into dust management at Finucane Island and Nelson Point recommended a more consistent approach to the regulation of dust emissions and discharges.

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EPA urges tighter environmental controls in Collie Report 1607
October 20, 2017

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has released its report on an inquiry into a proposal to change environmental conditions for the Bluewaters power station near Collie.

The Bluewaters Power Station Phase I and Phase II proposals, to construct and operate a sub-critical coal-fired base-load power generating facility 4 km northeast of Collie, were each assessed in 2005.

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