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EPA media statements are released to coincide with: EPA reports to the Minister for Environment on major proposals; policy issues (for example reviews, or release, of Environmental Protection Policies and technical reports); reports on compliance with Ministerial Approval Statements; changes to processes; or to contribute to the debate on environmental issues.

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EPA recommends approval of the Solomon Iron Ore Project - Sustaining Production: Report 1588
Summary: The Environmental Protection Authority has recommended strict conditional approval to extend the Solomon Iron Ore Project, approximately 60 kilometres north of Tom Price.
Status: Final
Release Date: 23 November 2016
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Gold mine recommended for approval: EPA Report 1587
Summary: A gold mine in the Great Victoria Desert region has been recommended for approval by the Environmental Protection Authority.
Status: Final
Release Date: 21 November 2016
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Iron Valley iron ore extension project recommended for approval: EPA Report 1585
Summary: A proposal to extend the depth and area of existing mine pits in the Pilbara region has been recommended for approval by the Environmental Protection Authority.
Status: Final
Release Date: 17 October 2016
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Above ground rail line to transport iron ore recommended for approval: EPA Report 1582
Summary: An above-ground rail structure used to deliver iron ore across 330km of the Pilbara region has been recommended for approval by the Environmental Protection Authority.
Status: Final
Release Date: 19 September 2016
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EPA recommends approval for extension to iron ore mine: EPA Report 1581
Summary: The Environmental Protection Authority has recommended stringent conditional approval for a proposal to mine iron ore on the Koolyanobbing Range, about 50 kilometres north-east of Southern Cross.
Status: Final
Release Date: 12 September 2016
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Extension to uranium mine recommended for approval: EPA Report 1580
Summary: An extension to Toro Energy Limited’s Wiluna Uranium Project has been recommended for strict conditional approval by the Environmental Protection Authority.
Status: Final
Release Date: 6 September 2016
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Public submission period opens for Mandogalup buffer
Summary: The Environmental Protection Authority has today called for public submissions as it examines the potential health and amenity impacts of dust associated with urban development in the Mandogalup area.
Status: Final
Release Date: 15 August 2016
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New uranium mine recommended for approval: Report 1576
Summary: A new uranium mine in the eastern Goldfields has been recommended for approval by the Environmental Protection Authority.
Status: Final
Release Date: 15 August 2016
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EPA releases its report on Yeelirrie Uranium Project: Report 1574
Summary: The Environmental Protection Authority has recommended a proposed uranium mine in the northern Goldfields should not be implemented.
Status: Final
Release Date: 3 August 2016
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Strict conditional approval recommended for new iron ore mine - EPA Report 1570
Summary: The Environmental Protection Authority has recommended strict conditional approval for a new iron ore mine on the Mt Gibson Range.
Status: Final
Release Date: 18 July 2016
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EPA releases public advice for new sand mine
Summary: The Environmental Protection Authority has today released public advice for a new sand mine in Karnup, 48 kilometres south of Perth.
Status: Final
Release Date: 4 July 2016
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EPA recommends approval for new section of the Perth Darwin Highway: Report 1569
Summary: Construction of a new section of the Perth Darwin National Highway has been recommended for strict conditional approval by the Environmental Protection Authority.
Status: Final
Release Date: 4 July 2016
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EPA to provide advice on Mandogalup buffer
Summary: The Environmental Protection Authority will examine potential health and amenity impacts of dust, now and into the future, in respect to urban development in the Mandogalup area.
Status: Final
Release Date: 30 June 2016
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EPA recommends conditional approval for new nickel mine - Report 1568
Summary: A new nickel mine near the borders of Western Australia, Northern Territory and South Australia has been recommended for approval by the Environmental Protection Authority.
Status: Final
Release Date: 20 June 2016
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EPA to formally assess underground pipeline through Bush Forever bushland
Summary: The Environmental Protection Authority has today announced it will formally assess the Water Corporation’s proposal for an underground pipeline in which a small section crosses through the Anstey-Keane Bush Forever bushland in Armadale.
Status: Final
Release Date: 23 May 2016
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EPA welcomes independent review into policies and guidelines
Summary: The Environmental Protection Authority has welcomed the findings of an independent legal and governance review.
Status: Final
Release Date: 17 May 2016
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Iron ore mine expansion recommended for approval - Report 1562
Summary: An expansion to an existing iron ore mine in Western Australian’s Pilbara region has been recommended for approval by the Environmental Protection Authority.
Status: Final
Release Date: 16 November 2015
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Independent Delegates recommend the Browse LNG Precinct strategic proposal may be implemented
Summary: Three independent Delegates assessing the Browse Liquefied Natural Gas Precinct strategic proposal have recommended that the strategic proposal may be implemented subject to 28 conditions.
Status: Final
Release Date: 26 October 2015
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EPA recommends approval for ‘replacement’ Pilbara iron ore mine: EPA Report 1559
Summary: The Environmental Protection Authority has recommended approval for the mining of a new Pilbara iron ore deposit, subject to a set of environmental conditions.
Status: Final
Release Date: 7 September 2015
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Revised Marandoo iron ore project recommended for approval: EPA Report 1558
Summary: Revisions to the existing Marandoo Iron Ore Project, 37km east of Tom Price in the central Pilbara, intended mainly to consolidate and update conditions, have been recommended for approval by the Environmental Protection Authority.
Status: Final
Release Date: 17 August 2015
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Iron ore mine recommended for approval: EPA Report 1557
Summary:  The Environmental Protection Authority has recommended approval of an open-pit iron ore mine in the Pilbara.
Status: Final
Release Date: 17 August 2015
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EPA: Compact city needed to protect future of Perth-Peel environment
Summary:

Interim Strategic Advice: Perth and Peel @ 3.5 Million - Environmental impacts, risks and remedies

The Environmental Protection Authority has backed plans for a more compact city to accommodate 3.5 million people in future and says it’s the best way to protect our environment in the long term.


Status: Final
Release Date: 6 August 2015
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Wood Waste to Energy Plant recommended for conditional approval - EPA Report 1554
Summary: Uncontaminated wood waste - normally disposed of in landfill - will be converted into electricity under a proposal recommended for strict conditional approval by the Environmental Protection Authority.
Status: Final
Release Date: 27 July 2015
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Southwest mineral sands mine recommended for approval - EPA Report 1552
Summary: A new mineral sands mine in the southwest has been recommended for strict conditional approval by the Environmental Protection Authority.
Status: Final
Release Date: 13 July 2015
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EPA recommends approval of the Forrestfield Airport Link - EPA Report 1553
Summary: The Forrestfield Airport Link, which will extend Perth’s rail network, has been recommended for conditional approval by the Environmental Protection Authority.
Status: Final
Release Date: 13 July 2015
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Environmental Protection Authority Chairman Paul Vogel to step down
Summary: Environmental Protection Authority Chairman Dr Paul Vogel has today announced he will be stepping down from the position at the end of his current term in November.
Status: Final
Release Date: 1 July 2015
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Iron ore mine extension recommended for approval - EPA Report 1551
Summary: An extension to an operating iron ore mine 130km northwest of Newman has been recommended for conditional approval by the Environmental Protection Authority.
Status: Final
Release Date: 22 June 2015
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Exploration Drilling E70/2227 Feral Prospect recommended for conditional approval by the EPA - EPA Report 1549
Summary: A proposal for exploration drilling on the Feral Prospect (E70/2227), near the town of Perenjori – 348km from Perth, has been recommended for strict conditional approval by the Environmental Protection Authority.
Status: Final
Release Date: 25 May 2015
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EPA recommends approval for revised Flinders Pilbara Iron Ore Project - Report 1548
Summary: A revision of the Pilbara Iron Ore Project allowing limited expansion and the construction of new infrastructure including roads, an airstrip and an accommodation camp has been recommended for conditional approval by the Environmental Protection Authority.
Status: Final
Release Date: 15 May 2015
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EPA recommends conditional approval for exploration drilling in the Mungada Blue Hills East: EPA Report 1544
Summary: A proposal for exploration drilling on the Mungada Ridge has been recommended for strict conditional approval by the Environmental Protection Authority.
Status: Final
Release Date: 23 March 2015
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Open-cut iron ore mine in the Pilbara recommended for approval: EPA Report 1541
Summary: The Australian Aboriginal Mining Corporation Limited’s proposal to mine iron ore in the Pilbara has been recommended for approval by the Environmental Protection Authority.
Status: Final
Release Date: 16 March 2015
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EPA recommends approval for new railway line in the Pilbara: EPA Report 1540
Summary: A 205km railway and conveyor line connecting a Pilbara iron ore mine to export facilities has been recommended for conditional approval by the Environmental Protection Authority.
Status: Final
Release Date: 16 March 2015
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EPA recommends conditional approval for expansion of the Gorgon Gas Development Project: EPA Report 1539
Summary: Chevron Australia’s Gorgon Gas Development Fourth Train Expansion Proposal, which is expected to expand the liquefied natural gas (LNG) production capacity on Barrow Island from 15 to 20 million tonnes per annum, has been recommended for conditional approval by the Environmental Protection Authority.
Status: Final
Release Date: 3 March 2015
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Kwinana facility to convert household rubbish into electricity recommended for approval
Summary: Thousands of tonnes of household waste, otherwise destined for landfill, will be converted into electricity under a proposal which has been recommended for conditional approval by the Environmental Protection Authority.
Status: Final
Release Date: 2 February 2015
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EPA recommends against a mine on an important Banded Iron Formation
Summary: The Environmental Protection Authority has today published its report on a proposal to mine a significant Banded Iron Formation (BIF) in the northern Goldfields, finding it is environmentally unacceptable and recommending it should not be implemented.
Status: Final
Release Date: 12 January 2015
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EPA issues new advice on hydraulic fracturing
Summary: The Environmental Protection Authority has today issued updated advice on how and when it will assess proposals that involve hydraulic fracturing for shale and tight gas.
Status: Final
Release Date: 17 December 2014
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Independent Browse delegates visit James Price Point
Summary: The three independent delegates assessing the proposed Browse Natural Gas Precinct strategic proposal will today tour James Price Point and meet with community members.
Status: Final
Release Date: 26 November 2014
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Iron ore mine recommended for conditional approval by EPA
Summary: A large, new open cut iron ore mine in the Pilbara has been recommended for conditional approval by the Environmental Protection Authority.
Status: Final
Release Date: 18 November 2014
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EPA recommends against a mine on a significant Banded Iron Formation
Summary: The Environmental Protection Authority has determined a proposal to mine one of the most important Banded Iron Formation (BIF) landforms in the Midwest as environmentally unacceptable.
Status: Final
Release Date: 10 November 2014
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EPA recommends Shark Hazard Mitigation Drum Line proposal should not be implemented
Summary: The Environmental Protection Authority has today announced it has recommended the Western Australian Shark Hazard Mitigation Drum Line Program 2014-2017 proposal should not be implemented.
Status: Final
Release Date: 11 September 2014
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EPA issues advice on protecting the Pilbara
Summary: The Environmental Protection Authority has recommended the State Government consider developing a long term plan to protect the environmental values of the Pilbara in the face of growing development pressures.
Status: Final
Release Date: 27 August 2014
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EPA recommends approval for rare earth elements mine
Summary: A rare earth elements mine has been recommended for conditional approval by the Environmental Protection Authority.
Status: Final
Release Date: 18 August 2014
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Independent Browse delegates call for new technical information
Summary: The three independent Delegates assessing the proposed Browse Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Precinct strategic proposal have called for new technical and scientific information to be submitted for their consideration.
Status: Final
Release Date: 29 July 2014
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EPA recommends strict regulation for uranium mine
Summary: The Environmental Protection Authority has rigorously assessed and recommended conditional approval for a new uranium mine on the Little Sandy Desert.
Status: Final
Release Date: 28 July 2014
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EPA recommends protecting natural bushland
Summary: The Environmental Protection Authority has recommended protecting high value natural bushland, declaring the City of Armadale’s bid to build a road through it as environmentally unacceptable.
Status: Final
Release Date: 30 June 2014
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EPA recommends strict conditional approval of magnetite project
Summary: A magnetite iron ore mine expected to operate for 45 years has been recommended for stringent conditional approval by the Environmental Protection Authority. (EPA Report 1514)
Status: Final
Release Date: 23 June 2014
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East Rockingham Waste to Energy facility recommended for approval
Summary: A new Waste-to-Energy facility which aims to produce enough electricity to power 23,000 south-west homes each year has been recommended for conditional approval, the Environmental Protection Authority announced today.
Status: Final
Release Date: 16 June 2014
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Independent delegates begin Browse assessment
Summary: Three independent delegates have begun assessing the proposed Browse Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Precinct strategic proposal.
Status: Final
Release Date: 16 May 2014
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EPA to assess extended shark drum-line proposal
Summary: The Environmental Protection Authority has set a Public Environmental Review (PER) level of assessment on the WA Shark Hazard Mitigation Drum Line Program 2014-2017 with a four-week public submission period.
Status: Final
Release Date: 23 April 2014
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EPA determines not to assess shark drum-line proposal
Summary: The Environmental Protection Authority will not formally assess this summer’s Shark Drum Line deployment, management and associated services proposal.
Status: Final
Release Date: 12 March 2014
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