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1468

Environmental and health performance of waste to energy technologies

Summary:

Advice of the Environmental Protection Authority to the Minister for Environment under Section 16(e) of the Environmental Protection Act 1986

On 16 November 2011, the Minister for Environment wrote to the Chairman of the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) and the Chairman of the Waste Authority, requesting that the two Authorities investigate the environmental and health performance of waste to energy technologies internationally.

This request sought information on:

  • legislation for the establishment and operation of waste to energy facilities, focussed on emissions, in jurisdictions where these facilities currently exist;
  • current emissions from established and operating best practice facilities; and
  • current and historical level of compliance of these facilities.

The Minister requested that the information gathered be from full-scale, commercial plants that process municipal solid waste (MSW) and from a variety of technology types.

To assist with this investigation, WSP Environment and Energy Ltd were engaged to undertake a technical review of waste to energy plants around the world. These technical reports are attached. The reports provide detailed information to address the issues identified by the Minister for Environment. This advice from the EPA and Waste Authority draws on the technical advice to make recommendations that are relevant to the Western Australian situation.

Appendices:

Summary Report – Waste to Energy - A review of legislative and regulatory frameworks, state of the art technologies and research on health and environmental impacts. (pdf 3.93 Mb)

WSP Waste to Energy Technical Report Stage One (pdf 1.16 Mb)

WSP Waste to Energy Technical Report Stage Two (pdf 5.83 Mb)

WSP Waste to Energy Technical Report Stage Three (pdf 581 kb)


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1090

South West Power Project, Collie

Summary: Griffin Energy Pty Limited (“Griffin Energy”) has requested early strategic advice from the EPA on any constraints which may be “fatal flaws” from an environmental impact perspective, which may apply to the construction and operation of an 800MW advanced supercritical coal-fired power facility in the Collie Region of Western Australia.
Status: Final
Proponent: Griffin Energy Pty Limited
Release Date: 24 February 2003
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1088

Environmental values associated with the alignment of Roe Highway Stage 8 No Appeals

Summary: Following a request from the Minister for Planning and Infrastructure, the Minister for the Environment and Heritage sought advice from the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) in late August 2002 pursuant to Section 16(j) of the Environmental Protection Act 1986 in relation to the alignment for Stage 8 of Roe Highway. Specifically, the Minister for the Environment and Heritage sought the EPA’s confirmation of the environmental values that would be impacted if Stage 8 of Roe Highway were to be constructed. This EPA report provides environmental advice on the key environmental values associated with the alignment of Roe Highway Stage 8 and likely impacts arising if construction was undertaken.
Status: Final
Release Date: 3 February 2003
No Appeals
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1087

Peel Inlet and Harvey Estuary System Management Strategy: Progress and Compliance by the Proponents with the Environmental Conditions set by the Minister for the Environment in 1989, 1991 and 1993 No Appeals

Summary: A Management Strategy for the Peel Inlet and Harvey Estuary System was approved for implementation by the Minister for the Environment on 4 January 1989. The Strategy was developed to address an environmental problem of massive algal growth in the Peel-Harvey System, caused by an increase in nutrients, especially phosphorus, from the estuaries' coastal catchment. Appendices A and B are not included in the download pdf file.
Status: Final
Release Date: 28 January 2003
No Appeals
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1086

Cockburn 2 Combined Cycle Gas Turbine

Summary: This report provides the advice and recommendations of the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage on the environmental factors relevant to the proposal by Western Power Corporation (Western Power) to construct and operate a second 240MW combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) unit (known as Cockburn 2) on its site located in Kwinana, Western Australia.
Status: Final
Proponent: Western Power Corporation
Release Date: 28 January 2003
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1085

Tutunup Titanium Minerals Mine

Summary: Cable Sands (WA) Pty Ltd propose to develop a titanium minerals mine at Tutunup, approximately 20 km east of Busselton. This report provides the Environmental Protection Authority’s (EPA’s) advice and recommendations to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage on the environmental factors relevant to the proposal.
Status: Final
Proponent: Cable Sands (WA) Pty Ltd
Release Date: 9 December 2002
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1084

Clearing of approximately 570 hectares of native vegetation for pine and sandalwood on Lot 7778 Wannamal South Road, Wannamal

Summary: This report provides the Environmental Protection Authority’s (EPA’s) advice to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage on the proposal by Mr John Fernie to clear approximately 570 hectares (ha) of native vegetation for pine and sandalwood plantation on Lot 7778 Wannamal South Road, Wannamal. Lot 7778 has a total area of 1,750 ha and is located approximately 12 kilometres northeast of Gingin, in the Shire of Gingin.
Status: Final
Proponent: Mr John Fernie
Release Date: 9 December 2002
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1083

Poultry Litter Fired Power Station, Muchea

Summary: Blair Fox Generation Pty Ltd proposes to build and operate a poultry litter fired power station at Muchea which will produce electricity from the combustion of up to 108 000 tonnes per annum of poultry litter. This report provided the Environmental Protection Authority’s (EPA’s) advice and recommendations to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage on the environmental factors relevant to the proposal.
Status: Final
Proponent: Blair Fox Generation Pty Ltd
Release Date: 9 December 2002
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1082

Koolyanobbing Iron Ore Expansion

Summary: Portman Iron Ore Limited proposes to expand the existing Koolyanobbing iron ore mine by commencing new mining at Windarling Range and Mt Jackson and linking the new minesites to Koolyanobbing by a haul road or railway. This report provides the Environmental Protection Authority’s (EPA’s) advice and recommendations to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage on the environmental factors relevant to the proposal.
Status: Final
Proponent: Portman Iron Ore Ltd
Release Date: 9 December 2002
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1081

Pinjarra Cogeneration Project

Summary: This report provides the advice and recommendations of the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage on the environmental factors relevant to the proposal by Alinta Cogeneration (Alcoa Pinjarra) Pty Ltd to construct a natural gas fired cogeneration facility within Alcoa’s Pinjarra Alumina Refinery. Based on the information provided in the referral document, the EPA considered that, while the proposal has the potential to affect the environment, it could be readily managed to meet the EPA’s environmental objectives. Consequently, it was notified in the West Australian newspaper on 2 December 2002 that the EPA intended to assess the proposal at the level of Assessment on Referral Information (ARI).
Status: Final
Proponent: Alinta Cogeneration (Alcoa Pinjarra) Pty Ltd
Release Date: 9 December 2002
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1080

Kwinana Combined Cycle Power Plant

Summary: This report provides the advice and recommendations of the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage on the environmental factors relevant to the proposal by Perth Energy Pty Ltd to construct, operate, and maintain a 120MW combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) power plant on a site located in Kwinana, Western Australia. The CCGT power plant has been proposed by the proponent in response to a demand for an independent, cleaner, more efficient and cost competitive energy supply. The proposed power plant will generate and sell electricity into the electricity market, which will include all customers with an average load greater than 300MWhr per year (average load of 34kW) from 1 January 2003.
Status: Final
Proponent: Perth Energy Pty Ltd
Release Date: 2 December 2002
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1079

Yakabindie Nickel Project - Further Extension of Approval Period

Summary: The Yakabindie Nickel Project was originally approved in December 1990 and has since been the subkect of 5 reviews under Section 46 of the EP Act. These reviews have related to changes to the proposal and extensions of the time limit of approval. The last extension of the time limit of approval was granted in October 2001 in order to give WMC Resources Ltd, which had recently acquired the project, time to submit details of its plans for future activities. In its letter of 6 June 2002, WMC Resources Ltd, sets out its future plans for the project through a time table for project development. WMC Resources Ltd has requested a further 5 year extension of the approval in order to accommodate this timetable.
Status: Final
Proponent: WMC Resources Ltd
Release Date: 25 November 2002
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1078

Implementation Framework for Western Australia for the Australian and New Zealand Guidelines for Fresh and Marine Water Quality and Water Quality Monitoring and Reporting Guidelines Nos 4 7: National Water Quality Management Strategy

Summary: This document constitutes EPA's advice to Minister for the Environment regarding a framework for implementing Guidelines Nos 4 & 7 for ambient waters. The scope of this framework relates primarily to environmental protection and some social matters. This document should not be read as a legal or coercive document.
Status: Final
Release Date: 1 November 2002
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1077

Methanol Complex, Burrup Peninsula

Summary: Methanex Australia Pty Ltd proposes to establish a methanol complex on the Burrup Peninsula, consisting of two nominal 6,000 tonne per day (tpd) methanol plants, two air separation units, methanol storage (220,000 tonnes), a desalination plant, transport of raw materials and products to and from the plant site and ship loading operations at Dampier Port. The first of the two methanol facilities will be a Lurgi Oel-Gas-Chemie plant that employs the “latest generation technology”, incorporating a primary and secondary reformer. The technology has not been chosen for the second methanol plant since it will not be constructed in the near future. This report provided the Environmental Protection Authority’s (EPA’s) advice and recommendations to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage on the environmental factors relevant to the proposal.
Status: Final
Proponent: Methanex Corporation
Release Date: 25 November 2002
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1076

James Point Stage One Port, Kwinana

Summary: James Point Pty Ltd (JPPL) proposes to construct and operate Stage 1 of a private container and general cargo Port (consisting of a reclaimed land-backed cargo wharf, associated cargo handling facilities and an offshore breakwater) to the north of James Point in Cockburn Sound. The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) is aware that the ultimate Port proposal at James Point may involve further stages. However, at this point in time, the EPA is only providing advice and recommendations to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage on Stage 1 of the James Point Port.
Status: Final
Proponent: James Point Pty Ltd
Release Date: 25 November 2002
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1075

Methanol Plant and Product Export, Burrup

Summary: This report provides the advice and recommendations of the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage on the environmental factors relevant to the proposal by Australian Methanol Co Pty Ltd, a subsidiary of GTL Resources PLC, to construct and operate a methanol plant of 1.05 million tones per annum (Mt/a) nominal capacity, at Withnell East industrial area on the Burrup Peninsula, which includes infrastructure for the export of product through the Port of Dampier. The plant will convert natural gas to methanol using the proven, proprietary Combined Reforming Technology of Lurgi Oel-Gas-Chemie GmbH (Lurgi). The Withnell East industrial area was identified as suitable for industrial use by the Burrup Land Use Plan which was endorsed by Cabinet in 1996. The plant site is in close proximity to the Woodside facility for gas supply and approximately 4km from the Port of Dampier. The proposal was referred to the EPA in November 2001 and was originally advertised as having the potential to be assessed as an Environmental Protection Statement. However, at the proponent’s request this was upgraded to a Public Environmental Review (PER) in July 2002. The proposal requires formal assessment as it is situated on a greenfields site in a sensitive environment. Vegetation clearing, atmospheric emissions, including greenhouse gases, and discharge of wastewater to the marine environment have potentially significant environmental impacts.
Status: Final
Proponent: Australian Methanol Company Pty Ltd
Release Date: 18 November 2002
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1074

Regional Power Stations - Noise regulation 17 Variation to assigned noise levels

Summary: Western Power Corporation (WPC) has applied to the Minister for the Environment under regulation 17 of the Environmental Protection (Noise) Regulations 1997 to allow the emission of noise from 23 Regional Power Stations to exceed the prescribed standard for noise emissions as specified in noise regulation 7.
Status: Final
Proponent: Western Power Corporation
Release Date: 4 November 2002
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1073

Coral Coast Resort

Summary: Coral Coast Marina Development Pty Ltd (CCMD) has proposed to develop a Coral Coast Resort (CCR), which includes tourist, residential and incidental commercial facilities centred around an inland marina, at the site called Mauds Landing. Mauds Landing is located in the southern portion of the Ningaloo Marine Park, approximately three kilometres north of the existing Coral Bay settlement. The marina and its associated facilities would provide an opportunity for people and boats to be housed and to have access through Bateman Bay into the wider Ningaloo Marine Park. The CCR proposal envisages the establishment, in the first stage, of a marina, a caravan park, an interpretative centre, a back-packers facility, stage one of a resort complex, provision of utilities infrastructure and the preparation of land with services for sale at a later date. The CCR proposal assessed by the EPA in this report envisages a marina, a resort complex, private housing, a variety of short-stay accommodation, basic utilities infrastructure and associated commercial buildings and shops.
Status: Final
Proponent: Coral Coast Marina Development Pty Ltd
Release Date: 28 October 2002
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1072

Mundaring Water Treatment Plant and Sawyers Valley Water Storage Tanks

Summary: This report provides the advice and recommendations of the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage on the environmental factors relevant to a proposal by the Water Corporation (the proponent) to construct a Water Treatment Plant in Mundaring and Water Storage Tanks in Sawyers Valley.
Status: Final
Proponent: Water Corporation
Release Date: 14 October 2002
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1071

Derby Tidal Power Project

Summary: The EPA has been directed by the Minister for the Environment and Heritage, pursuant to Section 43 of the Environmental Protection Act 1986 (EP Act), to re-assess proposed variations to the Derby Tidal Power project (DTPP) more fully and report on the EPA's assessment. This report provides the EPA's further assessment and recommendations to the Minister on the environmental factors relevant to the proposed variations to the original proposal and the adequacy of the recommended environmental conditions as set out in EPA Bulletin 984.
Status: Final
Proponent: Tidal Energy Australia
Release Date: 7 October 2002
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1070

Perth Metropolitan Desalination Proposal

Summary: This report provides the advice and recommendations of the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage on the environmental factors relevant to a proposal by Water Corporation of Western Australia to develop a 30 gigalitres (GL) per annum desalination plant at Kwinana.
Status: Final
Proponent: Water Corporation of Western Australia
Release Date: 7 October 2002
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1069

Relocation of Cedric Street Wetland - Extension of Time Limit

Summary: The project which allows for the recreation of a series of wetlands to replace the ecological, hydrological and social functions currently associated with the Cedric Street Wetland was originally approved in April 1993. It has since been the subject of a review under Section 46 of the EP Act. The review was for an extension of the approval period and was granted on 17 September 1999 (Statement 522) for an additional two years. As the proposal has not yet been implemented, the proponent is seeking to further extend the time limit for commencement in accordance with Condition 9-4.
Status: Final
Proponent: City of Stirling
Release Date: 30 September 2002
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1068

Commercial HIsmelt Plant, Kwinana, WA

Summary: HIsmelt (Operations) Pty. Limited proposes to construct and operate a commercial scale HIsmelt Process Plant at Kwinana, Western Australia. This report provides the Environmental Protection Authority’s (EPA’s) advice and recommendations to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage on the environmental factors relevant to the proposal.
Status: Final
Proponent: HIsmelt (Operations) Pty. Limited
Release Date: 16 September 2002
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1067

Strategic Planning for Future Power Generation - Pinjar Power Station Expansion, Kwinana/East Rockingham Power Station, Kemerton Power Station, New Bunbury Power Station and Collie Power Station Expansion. No appeals

Summary: Western Power Corporation has requested early advice on any constraints which may be “fatal flaws”, from an environmental impact perspective, which may apply to the installation of power generation facilities at sites at Pinjar, Kwinana, Kemerton, Bunbury and Collie. The proponent’s intent is to have an array of sites on which power providers could propose new power stations. It is not proposed that all sites would be used in the near future and any proposal for a specific site would be subject to more detailed assessment under s38 of the Environmental Protection Act 1986. This report provides the Environmental Protection Authority’s (EPA’s) advice and recommendations to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage on the environmental factors relevant to the proposal. Section 16(e) of the Environmental Protection Act 1986 enables the EPA to advise the Minister for the Environment and Heritage on the environmental protection aspects of any proposal or scheme, and on the evaluation of information relating thereto.
Status: Final
Proponent: Western Power Corporation
Release Date: 16 September 2002
No Appeals
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1067

Appendix 4 - Strategic Planning for Future Power Generation

Summary: This document provides Western Power Corporation's "Response to Public Submissions" on Strategic Planning for Future Power Generation. This is a large file - if you experience problems in downloading this document, hard copies can be viewed in the DEP Library - 8th floor Hartleys Building, 141 St Georges Tce, Perth. (NO APPEALS ON SECTION 16 REPORTS)
Status: Final
Proponent: Western Power
Release Date: 16 September 2002
No Appeals
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1066

Hope Downs Iron Ore Project, Rail and Port Facility, Pilbara

Summary: This report provides the advice and recommendations of the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage on the environmental factors relevant to the proposal by Hope Downs Management Services Pty Ltd (hereafter referred to as HDMS) to construct a rail line and port facilities to support the development of an iron-ore mine, based on the Hope 1 Deposit.
Status: Final
Proponent: Hope Downs Management Services Pty Ltd
Release Date: 9 September 2002
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1065

Ammonia-Urea Plant, Burrup Peninsula

Summary: Dampier Nitrogen proposes to construct an ammonia-urea plant on the Burrup Peninsula. The plant will have a production capacity of 2300 tonnes/day (t/d) of ammonia and 3500 t/d of urea.
Status: Final
Proponent: Dampier Nitrogen Pty Ltd
Release Date: 2 September 2002
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1064

Adjustment to alignment of product services corridor near the Dampier Public Wharf

Summary: This report provides the advice and recommendations of the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage on the environmental factors relevant to the proposal by Landcorp and the Department of Mineral and Petroleum Resources to re-align the route of the East-west product services corridor near the Dampier public wharf. The route change is needed to site the corridor for optimum access to both the existing public wharf and the proposed new loading wharf to be built south of the Dampier Public Wharf.
Status: Final
Proponent: Landcorp and Department of Mineral and Petroleum Resources
Release Date: 26 August 2002
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1063

Plans for Bauxite Mining, and Road and Conveyer Stream Crossings in CAR Informal Reserves, Mining Lease 1SA

Summary: The Commonwealth of Australia and the State of Western Australia signed the Regional Forest Agreement (RFA) on 4 May 1999. The RFA established a system of Formal and Informal Comprehensive, Adequate and Representative (CAR) Reserves. Such Reserves are located throughout the area defined as the RFA boundary and some are within Alcoa of Australia's Mining Lease (ML) 1SA. The RFA process provides for disturbance of CAR informal reserves subject to relevant State approval processes. The EPA has developed, inconsultation with Alcoa, the Department of Conservation and Land Management (CALM) and the then Department of Resources Development, a process to review plans by Alcoa to disturb CAR Informal Reserves within ML1SA. This process is consistent with the requirements of the RFA and the Environmental Protection Act 1986. (NO APPEALS ON SECTION 16 ADVICE)
Status: Final
Proponent: Alcoa World Alumina Australia
Release Date: 26 August 2002
No Appeals
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1062

Pine Sawmill, Dardanup - Noise Regulation 17

Summary: Wespine Industries Pty Ltd ("Wespine") operates a pine sawmill at Moore Road, Dardanup pursuant to the Dardanup Pine Log Sawmill Agreement Act 1992 (WA) and Ministerial Statement No. 312 of 1993. The promulgation of the Environmental Protection (Noise) Regulations 1997 ("the noise regulations") in 1997 created obligations on Wespine that were inconsistent with the Ministerial Statement, in relation to allowable levels of noise emissions. The noise regulations provided for this contingency through noise regulation 17. Regulation 17 confers upon the Minister for the Environment the power to vary the application of the requirements of the noise regulations in appropriate circumstances by issuing an Approval for such a variation. Wespine has sought such an Approval. Noise regulation 17 requires an application for variation to be referred to the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) for assessment. Where the EPA is of the view that noise emissions will vary from a prescribed standard in the noise regulations, the EPA is to inform the Minister, assess the application, and report to the Minister. The Minister has been informed (15 July 1999) and this report provides the EPA’s advice and recommendations, as required by noise regulation 17(3)(b).
Status: Final
Proponent: Wespine Industries Pty Ltd
Release Date: 26 August 2002
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1061

Donnybrook Woodchip Project

Summary: WA Plantation Resources propose to develop a 1.0 million tonnes per annum capacity woodchip mill approximately 6km south east of Donnybrook. This report provided the Environmental Protection Authority's (EPA's) advice and recommendations to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage on the environmental factors relevant to the proposal.
Status: Final
Proponent: WA Plantation Resources
Release Date: 19 August 2002
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1060

Metropolitan Region Scheme Amendment No. 1010/33 - Port Catherine

Summary: This report provides the advice and recommendations of the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage on the proposed Metropolitan Region Scheme (MRS) Amendment 1010/33 - Port Catherine. The Port Catherine MRS Amendment has been initiated by the Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC) to facilitate the redevelopment of the former South Coogee industrial area into the Port Catherine marina and residential estate.
Status: Final
Proponent: Western Australian Planning Commission
Release Date: 19 August 2002
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1059

Telfer Project, Expansion of Telfer Gold Mine, Great Sandy Desert

Summary: This proposal is for an expansion of the Telfer Gold Mine. The proposed Power Supply and Infrastructure Corridor associated with this proposal is being dealt with separately. The mine expansion would result in increased power requirements and so a number of options are proposed to transport energy from Port Hedland to the mine site. The Power Supply and Infrastructure Corridor proposal is set out in a separate referral to the EPA (Newcrest Mining Limited 2002b). The mine expansion and power supply proposals have been separated because it is likely that the mine and power supply will eventually be operated by different proponents. Nevertheless, the proposals have been developed and assessed in parallel. The EPA has assessed the power supply proposal through the Environmental Protection Statement process. The EPA's report and recommendations on the power supply proposal is contained in Bulletin 1058 (EPA 2002).
Status: Final
Proponent: Newcrest Mining Limited
Release Date: 19 August 2002
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1058

Telfer Project, Power Supply and Infrastructure Corridor, Port Hedland to Telfer Gold Mine, Great Sandy Desert

Summary: This proposal is to supply power to an expanded mining operation at the Telfer Gold Mine. The proposed expansion of the Telfer Gold Mine associated with this proposal is being dealt with separately. That mine expansion is set out in a separate referral to the EPA (Newcrest Mining Limited 2002b). The mine expansion and power supply proposals have been separated because it is likely that the mine and power supply will eventually be operated by different proponents. Nevertheless, the proposals have been developed and assessed in parallel. The EPA has assessed the mine expansion proposal through the Assessment on Referral Information process. The EPA's report and recommendations on the expanded mining proposal is contained in Bulletin 1059 (EPA 2002).
Status: Final
Proponent: Newcrest Mining Limited
Release Date: 19 August 2002
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1057

Remediation of the Midland Railway Workshops - Areas B, C and D for the Proposed Police Operations Support Facility, Midland

Summary: The Midland Redevelopment Authority proposes to remediate 15.5 hectares of land referred to as the Clayton Precinct which comprises the eastern part of the Midland Railway Workshops site located immediately south of the Midland town centre in Midland. The proposal is to remediate the 15.5 hectares identified as Areas B, C and D for the development of a Police Operations Support Facility. This report provides the Environmental Protection Authority's (EPA's) advice and recommendations to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage on the environmental factors relevant to the proposal.
Status: Final
Proponent: Midland Redevelopment Authority
Release Date: 19 August 2002
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1056

Iron Ore Mine, Downstream Processing Direct-reduced and Hot-briquetted Iron and Port, Cape Preston, WA

Summary: Austeel Pty Ltd proposes to mine iron ore from the George Palmer Orebody on a pastoral lease about 25km south of Cape Preston. Ore will be fed to a purpose-built process plant to produce up to 13.8 million tonnes per annum of pellet iron and 4.7 million tonnes per annum of direct reduced iron (DRI) and/or hot briquetted iron (HBI). The products will be exported via a new port to be built at Cape Preston and Preston Island. Associated components comprise waste dumps, tailings storage facility, onsite accommodation for 420 (with up to 550 at Karratha), a 25km long transport corridor and a causeway from the mainland to the port off Preston Island. This report provides the Environmental Protection Authority's (EPA's) advice and recommendations to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage on the environmental factors relevant to the proposal.
Status: Final
Proponent: Austeel Pty Ltd
Release Date: 29 July 2002
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1055

Samson Brook Redevelopment Scheme

Summary: This report provides the advice and recommendations of the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage on the environmental factors relevant to the proposal by the Water Corporation (WC) to construct a pipe head dam and related infrastructure on Samson Brook. The pipe head dam and related infrastructure will be used to divert stream flow from Samson Brook to the Integrated Water Supply System (IWSS). The IWSS supplies water to the Perth, Mandurah and the Goldfields and Agricultural Water Supply Scheme.
Status: Final
Proponent: Water Corporation
Release Date: 15 July 2002
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1054

Clearing of native vegetation on Melbourne Location 3927, Shire of Dandaragan

Summary: This report provides the advice and recommendations of the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage on two proposals to clear native vegetation for agricultural purposes on Melbourne Location 3927 within the Shire of Dandaragan. It is intended that the cleared land resulting from both proposals will be used for the purposes of horticulture and grazing.
Status: Final
Proponent: Mr Trevor Naley
Release Date: 15 July 2002
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1053

Lancelin to Cervantes Coastal Road

Summary: Main Roads Western Australia (MRWA) proposes to develop a coastal road between Lancelin and Cervantes. The single carriageway sealed road represents the final stage of the Perth to Dongara coastal route, to be known as Indian Ocean Drive.
Status: Final
Proponent: Main Roads Western Australia
Release Date: 8 July 2002
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1052

Bullsbrook Turf Farm Expansion, Lot 8 Raphael Road, Bullsbrook

Summary: Mr John Maas (Bullsbrook Turf) proposes to expand the existing turf farm at Lot 8 Raphael Road, Bullsbrook from 12 hectares (ha) to 26 ha. The proposal is within the Ellen Brook catchment. The turf farm has two centre pivot irrigators (pivots 1 and 2) with a combined irrigated area of 26 ha. The proponent currently has 8 ha of turf under pivot 1 and 4 ha of turf under pivot 2. The proposed additional 14 ha of turf will be grown under pivot 2.
Status: Final
Release Date: 24 June 2002
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1051

Transmission line from Cataby substation to Eneabba substation

Summary: This report provides the advice and recommendations of the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage on the environmental factors relevant to the proposal by Western Power Corporation (WPC) to construct and maintain a 132 kilovolt (kV) transmission line from the Cataby substation to a substation at Eneabba. The transmission line will follow a route over approximately 80 kilometres (km) and will traverse the Coomallo Nature Reserve and the Hill River Nature Reserve. The transmission line is proposed to reinforce and improve the quality and reliability of power supply in WPC's Great Northern Region, including areas between Muchea and Geraldton.
Status: Final
Release Date: 17 June 2002
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1050

Geraldton Port Enhancement Project and Preparatory Works for the Town Beach Foreshore Redevelopment

Summary: The Geraldton Port Authority (GPA) proposes to upgrade the Port of Geraldton (otherwise known as the Port Enhancement Project (PEP)) and undertake preparatory works for the Town Beach Foreshore Redevelopment Project. The objective of the PEP is to enable vessels to sail from the port fully laden. Due to current depth restrictions in the harbour basin and shipping channel, this is currently not possible.
Status: Final
Proponent: Geraldton Port Authority
Release Date: 10 June 2002
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1049

Dredging of Denham Channel, Bar Flats and the Slope Island Shipping Berth, Freycinet Estuary, Shark Bay

Summary: Shark Bay Salt Joint Venture proposes to dredge the existing shipping channel in Freycinet Estuary, Shark Bay. The channel is used for the transport of salt from the proponent's ship loading facility at Slope Island. The proposal involves maintenance dredging and some capital dredging.
Status: Final
Proponent: Shark Bay Salt Joint Venture
Release Date: 6 May 2002
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1048

Hydrogeological Research Programme at Marandoo - Trial Dewatering and Re-injection Test, Karijini National Park

Summary: This report provides the advice and recommendations of the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage on the environmental factors relevant to a proposal by Hamersley Iron Pty Limited to conduct hydrogeological test work on groundwater aquifers at its Marandoo iron ore mine and within the Karijini National Park.
Status: Final
Proponent: Hamersley Iron Pty Limited
Release Date: 6 May 2002
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1047

Transport of Solid Sodium Cyanide, Change to Environmental Conditions

Summary: AGR is a joint venture between Wesfarmers CSBP Limited and Coogee Chemicals Pty Ltd which was formed to manufacture and market sodium cyanide. The AGR facility is located at Wesfarmers CSBP's fertiliser and chemicals complex in Kwinana (Figure 1). It currently operates two liquid sodium cyanide plants which have a combined production capacity of 50,000 tonnes per annum (tpa) of pure (100 percent) sodium cyanide, with the potential to expand to 70,000 tpa. These plants produce sodium cyanide as a 30 percent (by weight) solution. AGR is constructing a downstream processing plant that is capable of producing 25,000 tpa of solid sodium cyanide briquettes from liquid sodium cyanide.
Status: Final
Proponent: Australian Gold Reagents Pty Ltd
Release Date: 22 April 2002
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1046

Transmission Line from Pinjar Gas Turbine to Cataby Substation

Summary: Western Power Corporation (WPC) proposes to construct a transmission line with a maximum capacity of 330 kilovolt (kV) from its gas turbine generating station at Pinjar to a substation at Cataby. The line is proposed to ensure that the quality and reliability of the power supply in the North Country Region is adequately maintained beyond 2002.
Status: Final
Proponent: Western Power Corporation
Release Date: 15 April 2002
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1045

City of Armadale Town Planning Scheme No 2 Amendment 143, Rezoning Of Part Lot 449 Taylor Road And Lot 501 Oxley Road, Forrestdale From 'General Rural' To 'Special Use - Rural/ Residential'

Summary: The City of Armadale proposes to amend Town Planning Scheme No 2 by rezoning Part Lot 449 Taylor Road and Lot 501 Oxley Road, Forrestdale from "General Rural" to "Special Use - Rural/Residential". The Amendment documents also include a Subdivision Guide Plan for Lots 6, 7and 8 Wolfe Road, 421 Taylor Road and Lot 432 Oxley Road, Forrestdale which are the subject of this assessment.
Status: Final
Proponent: City of Armadale
Release Date: 8 April 2002
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1044

Upgrade of multi-user seawater supply and introduction of wastewater to ocean outfall, Burrup Peninsula, Change to Environmental Conditions

Summary: The Water Corporation submitted a proposal 'Burrup Peninsula Desalinated Water and Seawater Supplies Project' in May 2001 (Water Corporation, 2001a) to service the requirements of new industrial developments on the Burrup Peninsula. The proposed scheme was designed to supply seawater and desalinated water to the Syntroleum Sweetwater Corporation (Syntroleum) gas to liquids plant, with additional capacity to supply one or possibly two other process plants. The EPA released its report (EPA, 2001) in May 2001 and approval was granted in June 2001 (Ministerial Statement 567) for a 6.5 megalitres per day (ML/d) thermal desalination plant to be located on Syntroleum's lease and for a seawater supply (100 ML/d) and brine discharge (77 ML/d) system.
Status: Final
Proponent: Water Corporation
Release Date: 25 March 2002
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1043

Tonkin Highway Extension from Mills Road West Gosnells to South Western Highway Mundijong

Summary: Main Roads Western Australia (Main Roads WA), proposes to construct the Tonkin Highway Extension from Gosnells to Mundijong to link with South Western Highway in the vicinity of Jarrahdale Road. The highway will be six lanes wide from Mills Road West to Mundijong Road and four lanes from Mundijong Road to South Western Highway.
Status: Final
Proponent: Main Roads Western Australia
Release Date: 25 February 2002
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1042

Dampier Public Wharf Expansion - Load-out Facility

Summary: This report provides the advice and recommendations of the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage on the environmental factors relevant to a proposal by Western Stevedores Pty Ltd to expand facilities at the Dampier Public Wharf.
Status: Final
Proponent: Western Stevedores Pty Ltd
Release Date: 18 February 2002
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1041

Clearing of 100 hectares of Native Vegetation for Agriculture: Kent Location 1910, Gairdner, Shire of Jerramungup

Summary: This report provides the advice and recommendations of the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage on the proposal by Mr D W & Mrs S M Meade (the proponents and landowners) to clear 100 hectares of native vegetation on Kent Location 1910 for agriculture. Specifically, the stated purpose of the proposed clearing is to enable the expansion of an existing grazing and cropping enterprise.
Status: Final
Proponent: Mr D W & Mrs S M Meade
Release Date: 28 January 2002
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