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Media statements are also released by the Minister for Environment.

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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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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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