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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Copper and nickel proposal recommended for environmental approval
February 4, 2022

A project to mine copper and nickel in one of the most remote areas of Western Australia has committed to achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2040 and has been recommended for approval by the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA).

OZ Minerals Musgrave Operations Pty Ltd is proposing to develop two open pits, accommodation, an airstrip and processing facilities 100km east of Warburton, near the South Australian and Northern Territory borders.

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Turkey Point proposal recommended for environmental approval
February 1, 2022

A bridge and road across the Preston River have been recommended for environmental approval after extensive mitigation measures were encouraged by Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) during the assessment.

The Turkey Point Access Road and Bridge project includes a new dual-used path, bridge and a road from Estuary Drive to Turkey Point in the City of Bunbury. The Southern Ports Authority proposal aims to minimise interaction between port and public traffic.

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Protection of Exmouth Gulf a win for the environment
December 3, 2021

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has welcomed the State Government’s
decision to protect the unique values of Exmouth Gulf.

The announcement today by Premier Mark McGowan and Minister for Environment
Amber-Jade Sanderson follows strategic advice from the EPA which recommended a
high level of protection for the Gulf and surrounds.

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EPA recommends strict possum conditions for Bunbury road proposal
October 25, 2021

A proposal to construct a dual-carriageway south of Bunbury has been recommended for environmental approval by the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA), subject to conditions to preserve and enhance the habitats of the western ringtail possum and other conservation-significant species.

Main Roads WA proposes to construct and operate the 10.5km Bunbury Outer Ring Road Southern Section through Gelorup within the Shire of Capel.

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Rare earths plant recommended for environmental approval
October 20, 2021

A proposal for a rare earths processing facility in the Goldfields has been
recommended for environmental approval by the Environmental Protection Authority
(EPA), subject to conditions.

Lynas Kalgoorlie Pty Ltd proposes to construct and operate the plant on Great
Eastern Highway, about 7km from Kalgoorlie-Boulder. The project will process rare
earth concentrate sourced from Lynas’ Mt Weld mine, about 380km north of
Kalgoorlie, to produce rare earth carbonate for export via Fremantle port.

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Byford Rail Extension recommended for environmental approval
October 4, 2021

A proposal to construct and operate an 8km new railway between Armadale and
Byford has been recommended for environmental approval by the Environmental
Protection Authority (EPA).

The Byford Rail Extension is located primarily within the existing rail reserve used for
the Australind passenger train and includes modifications to Armadale Station and
construction of a new station at Byford.

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Perdaman Urea Plant recommended for environmental approval
September 6, 2021

A proposal to construct and operate a urea plant within the Burrup Strategic
Industrial Area has been recommended for environmental approval by the
Environmental Protection Authority (EPA), subject to conditions including air quality.

The Perdaman Urea Project is located about 20km north-west of Karratha and
proposes to produce about 2 million tonnes of urea per annum.

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EPA recognises unique values of Exmouth Gulf
August 20, 2021

Future activities and developments proposed for Exmouth Gulf will need to show
they are compatible with the protection of the key values of this globally significant
area, according to a cumulative impacts study by the Environmental Protection
Authority (EPA).

The EPA’s strategic advice on the potential cumulative impacts on Exmouth Gulf was
delivered to the Minister for Environment Amber-Jade Sanderson today.

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Pilbara salt project recommended for environmental approval
July 7, 2021

A proposal to use seawater and evaporation to produce raw salts for processing sulphate of potash has been recommended for environmental approval by the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA), subject to strict conditions.

Mardie Minerals Pty Ltd, a subsidiary of BCI Minerals Limited, proposes to transport the high-purity salt, fertiliser-grade sulphate of potash and other commercial by-products to a jetty in shallow waters and transfer by barge to bulk carriers at Pilbara Port Authority anchor points about 25km offshore.

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Conventional oil exploration recommended for environmental approval
July 2, 2021

A proposal to drill one conventional oil exploration well in the Perth Basin has been recommended for environmental approval by the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA), subject to conditions including a requirement for rehabilitation plans.

RCMA Australia Pty Ltd proposes to drill one exploration oil well about 11km south of Dongara/Port Denison and within the 69,161ha Beekeepers Nature Reserve. The project includes site preparation, drilling, decommissioning, restoration and rehabilitation.

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