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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EPA recommends Kenwick rezoning should not proceed
April 3, 2024

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has recommended amendments by the City of Gosnells to rezone 257ha of land in Kenwick from ‘General Rural’ to ‘Business Development’ should not be implemented.

In its report the independent EPA stated that Amendments 166 and 169 to the City of Gosnells Town Planning Scheme 6 were not likely to be consistent with its objectives for inland waters, flora and vegetation, terrestrial fauna or the principles of the Environmental Protection Act 1986 (EP Act).

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Quarry's dust and noise impacts scrutinised in EPA assessment
March 7, 2024

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has recommended approval for a South West quarry with conditions that restrict operating hours, noise and dust emissions, and impacts to visual amenity.

The GM Giacci proposal to extract limestone from previously cleared land at Lot 4 Binningup Road is about 640 metres south-east of the Binningup township and 25km north of Bunbury and has been the subject of an environmental impact assessment for the last three years.

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EPA Chair appointed Curtin University’s new Provost
March 6, 2024

Chair of the independent Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) Professor Matthew Tonts has resigned to take on the role of Curtin University’s new Provost.

Professor Tonts said he was proud of his time leading the Authority through some of the most complex assessment and policy challenges in its 50-year history.

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EPA recommends approval for brownfield biofuels project
January 2, 2024

An Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) report on a proposal to repurpose an old oil refinery for biofuel production flags the selection of a brownfield site as good environmental practice.

The independent EPA has recommended environmental approval for BP’s Kwinana Renewable Fuels Project, subject to strict conditions.

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EPA to assess Alcoa’s mine plans referred by a third party
December 18, 2023

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) will comprehensively scrutinise Alcoa’s bauxite mining operations on the Darling Range.

EPA Chair Professor Matthew Tonts said the independent Authority had decided to assess parts of activities documented in Alcoa Limited’s annual rolling five-year Mining and Management Programs (MMPs).

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EPA recommends approval for Lynas rare earths expansion
November 9, 2023

A proposal to extend the life of a rare earths mine south-east of Laverton has been recommended for environmental approval by the independent Environmental Protection Authority (EPA).

The proposed expansion by a subsidiary of Lynas Rare Earths Ltd would increase the existing development envelope to 2802ha, extending the life of the 16-year-old operation by up to 30 years.

EPA Chair Professor Matthew Tonts said that at the beginning of the referral process the proponent was encouraged to develop a long-term mining plan that defined the maximum extent of potential impacts.

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EPA recommends approval for Pilbara renewables project
September 13, 2023

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has completed its first assessment in the Pilbara’s Maitland Strategic Industrial Area (MSIA), recommending approval for the Woodside Solar Facility subject to strict conditions.

The proposed solar photovoltaic farm will generate electricity for industrial customers via the North-West Interconnected System and includes up to one million solar panels and a battery energy storage system.

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EPA recommends approval for 10-year Forest Management Plan
September 4, 2023

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has recommended the proposed Forest Management Plan (FMP) 2024-2033 be approved subject to conditions relating to reporting, as well as the recommendation of an independent scientific review of prescribed burning.

EPA Chair Professor Matthew Tonts said central to the assessment was the unique and exceptional diversity of the South West’s forests and the range of environmental, cultural and social values they held.

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EPA report on landfill proposal urges further consultation
May 22, 2023

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has delivered its recommendations on a proposal to construct and operate a landfill near York, noting that the consideration of some impacts to society, economic benefit and land use planning were outside its legal remit under Part IV of the Environmental Protection Act 1986.

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EPA’s revised GHG guidance flags deep and substantial cuts
April 5, 2023

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has updated its greenhouse gas guidance to minimise the risk of environmental harm to Western Australia’s environment associated with climate change.

The guidance, first published in April 2020 has been updated to take into account up to date climate science, law and policy, and to reflect the EPA’s view that deep and substantial emission reductions are needed this decade, as well as achievement of net zero by 2050.

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