ProjectProponent: BHP Billiton Iron Ore Pty LtdProposal description: The proposal is to extend the mining of the existing approved above watertable Orebody 29, 30, and 35 mines located approximately 7 km west-south-west of Newman, in the Shire of East Pilbara, to below the watertable and discharge any excess dewatering from these three orebodies into Ophthalmia Dam. Assessment Number: 1982Region: PilbaraReferred under EP Act: s38Industry sector: Iron OreLast updated: November 11, 2015Current Status: Ministerial Statement published 1. ReferralComment on this referral: Orebody 29/30/35 Mining Below Water TableComment period: Friday, 6 September, 2013 to Thursday, 12 September, 2013Referral documentation: Referral form and supporting documentation (PDF, 3.15 MB) 1982-Appendix A Letter of Authority for BHPBIO.pdf (PDF, 112.79 KB) 1982-Appendix B Hydrogeological Report.pdf (PDF, 3.25 MB) 1982-Appendix C Groundwater Dependent Vegetation IA.pdf (PDF, 2.89 MB) 1982-Appendix D Stygofauna Assessment.pdf (PDF, 1.7 MB) 1982-Appendix E Risk Assessment .pdf (PDF, 8.5 MB) 1982-Appendix F Mine Closure Plan.pdf (PDF, 6.89 MB) 2. Decision on whether to assess this proposalChair's Determination: Assess - Assessment on Proponent Information - Category AExtract of determination: Chairman's Determination - Orebody 29/30/35 Mining Below Water Table (PDF, 249.86 KB)Preliminary Environmental Factors: Inland Waters Environmental QualityDate published: Monday, 21 October, 2013 4. EPA Report on assessmentEPA Report Number: 1501EPA Report: Report 1501 - Orebody 29/30/35 Mining Below Water Table (PDF, 2.42 MB)Proponent documents: Appendix 1 Submission (PDF, 3.15 MB) Appendix 2 Further Information on Response (PDF, 809.67 KB) Appendix 3 Shape Files (ZIP, 5.51 KB) Appendix 4 Supporting Documentation (ZIP, 23.04 MB)Key Environmental Factors: Inland Waters Environmental QualityDate published: Monday, 20 January, 2014Appeals close: Monday, 3 February, 2014 5. Decision on proposal and implementation of proposalMinisterial StatementDate of approval: Tuesday, 18 March, 2014 Post-assessment changesS46C changes to conditions: Attachment 1 - s46C amendment to Condition 4 - approved on 11 November 2015.