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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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CBH fertiliser facility recommended for environmental approval
June 8, 2021

A proposal to develop a facility for the import and storage of dry (granular) and liquid urea
ammonium nitrate fertiliser products within the Kwinana Industrial Area has been
recommended for environmental approval by the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA),
subject to conditions related to groundwater and spill mitigation.

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New Kwinana lithium refinery recommended for environmental approval
June 1, 2021

A proposal to construct and operate a lithium refinery at Kwinana has been recommended for environmental approval by the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA), subject to strict conditions relating to greenhouse gas emissions and waste management.

The proponent, Covalent Lithium Pty Ltd, proposes to process spodumene ore concentrate to produce battery grade lithium hydroxide monohydrate, primarily for use in lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles at a site within the Kwinana Industrial Area.

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Public and stakeholders invited to have say on revised procedures
April 23, 2021

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has released a draft revision of its Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) procedures for public feedback as it moves towards implementing amendments to the Environmental Protection Act 1986 (EP Act).

Amendments to the EP Act were passed by Parliament in November 2020 and affect the EPA’s entire environmental impact assessment process, under Part IV of the Act.

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Registrations open for Exmouth Gulf community meeting
January 20, 2021

Stakeholders and community members interested in the future of the Exmouth Gulf will have an opportunity to directly engage with the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) at a community meeting in March.

The EPA is currently putting together strategic advice for the Minister for Environment on the potential cumulative impacts of the proposed activities and developments on the environmental, social and cultural values of Exmouth Gulf.

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EPA recommends environmental approval of Yalyalup sand mine
January 18, 2021

A proposal to build and operate a mineral sands mine south-east of Busselton has been recommended for approval by the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) subject to conditions including minimising the impact to Carnaby’s cockatoo habitat.

The Yalyalup Mineral Sands Project, about 11km south-east of Busselton, includes the development of mine pits, solar evaporation ponds, a wet concentration processing plant and water management infrastructure.

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Public invited to have say on pressures and values of Exmouth Gulf
October 19, 2020

Community and industry will have an opportunity to have their say on the values and pressures in the Exmouth Gulf, with a three-week Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) public consultation period opening this week.

The EPA has agreed to a request by the Minister for Environment to provide strategic advice on how activities and developments will impact on the environmental, social and cultural values of Exmouth Gulf under section 16(e) of the Environmental Protection Act 1986.

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Miralga Creek iron ore proposal recommended for environmental approval
September 30, 2020

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has recommended environmental approval for a new Pilbara-based iron ore mine, subject to conditions including managing impacts on the habitat of the northern quoll, ghost bat and Pilbara leaf-nosed bat.

Atlas Iron Pty Ltd propose to construct and operate the Miralga Creek Direct Shipping Ore (DSO) Project over four to five years at three mining areas, situated about 100 kilometres south-east of Port Hedland.

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Waitsia Gas Project Stage 2 recommended for environmental approval
September 7, 2020

The Waitsia Gas Project Stage 2 proposal has been recommended for environmental approval by the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA), subject to strict conditions on water management, flora and greenhouse gas emissions.

The Proponent, AWE Perth Pty Ltd, under the Mitsui E&P Australia brand, proposes to construct and operate a conventional gas facility about 16 kilometres south-east of the Dongara-Port Denison town sites. Hydraulic fracture stimulation does not form part of this proposal, which will further develop the Waitsia gas field.

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New Pilbara power station to reach net zero emissions by 2040
August 19, 2020

A proposal to construct and operate a new gas-fired power station at a Pilbara mine has been recommended for environmental approval, subject to conditions supporting the proponent's commitment to reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2040.

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has completed its assessment of a proposal by Pilbara Energy Generation Pty Ltd (PEG) for a new 165MW power station – the first under the EPA’s new greenhouse gas emissions guidance released in April this year.

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First stage of Bunbury Outer Ring Road recommended for approval
June 29, 2020

Main Roads’ proposal to build the northern and central sections of the Bunbury Outer Ring Road has been recommended for environmental approval.

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has completed its assessment of the 19 kilometre freeway, recommending it may be implemented but with conditions that include the mitigation of impacts on the local western ringtail possum.

EPA Chair Dr Tom Hatton said the proposal occurred within predominately cleared land, and would involve clearing 92 hectares (ha) of native vegetation within a 625 ha development envelope.

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