Announcements


Duchess Paradise Project
Summary: The EPA, in agreement with Rey Resources Limited, has recently terminated its assessment of the Duchess Paradise Project, a coal mine and transport proposal located in Canning Basin area in the West Kimberley.
Release Date: 2 September 2016
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New approach to Pilbara conservation
Summary: Environment Minister Albert Jacob has announced a new fund to support co-ordinated conservation in the Pilbara.
Release Date: 8 July 2016
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Communicating changes to Chairman’s Determinations
Summary: The Environmental Protection Authority has changed how it will communicate the Chairman’s Determinations on referrals in an effort to better explain the process.
Release Date: 13 May 2016
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EPA delegates chosen to reassess Roe 8 project
Summary: Environment Minister Albert Jacob has appointed three delegates to reassess the proposed Stage 8 extension of the Roe Highway.
Release Date: 9 May 2016
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New Technical Guide – Flora and Vegetation Surveys for Environmental Impact Assessment
Summary: The Environmental Protection Authority has released its Technical Guide - Flora and Vegetation Surveys for Environmental Impact Assessment, a joint publication with the Department of Parks and Wildlife.
Release Date: 17 December 2015
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OEPA draft Disability Access and Inclusion Plan 2015-2020
Summary: The Office of the Environmental Protection Authority is calling for feedback on their draft Disability Access and Inclusion Plan 2015-2020
Release Date: 3 November 2015
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New board member for the EPA
Summary: Dr James Limerick has been appointed to the board of the EPA from 5 November 2015.
Release Date: 23 October 2015
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New EPA guidance and templates for Condition Environmental Management Plans
Summary: The EPA has released its Environmental Assessment Guideline for Preparation of Management Plans under Part IV of the Environmental Protection Act 1986 (EAG17) and associated templates. Training sessions on the new guidance and its application are available.
Release Date: 27 August 2015
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Cyclone Mineral Sands Project Public Environmental Review
Summary: The Cyclone Mineral Sands PER is open for viewing and submissions through our consultation hub at https://consultation.epa.wa.gov.au.
Release Date: 29 June 2015
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EPA 2013-14 Annual Report has been released
Summary: The 2013-14 EPA Annual Report was tabled in Parliament on 14 October 2014 and is now available here.
Release Date: 14 October 2014
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New guidelines for environmental offsets
Summary: Environment Minister Albert Jacob has today released new guidelines on the use of environmental offsets in assessments and approvals of projects.
Release Date: 14 August 2014
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Phase II Cone Bay Marine Finfish Farming
Summary: The EPA has declared the Phase II Cone Bay Marine Finfish Farming to be a derived proposal in accordance with section 39B of the Environmental Protection Act 1986.
Release Date: 23 June 2014
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New information sheet outlines EPA and OEPA policy types and structure
Summary: The EPA and OEPA create policy under various provisions in Parts II, III, IV and VIII of the Environmental Protection Act 1986. A new information sheet has been produced to outline the policy types and structure.
Release Date: 26 May 2014
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Environmental Scoping Document - WA Shark Hazard Mitigation Drum Line Program 2014-2017
Summary: The environmental scoping document (ESD) for the WA Shark Hazard Mitigation Drum Line Program 2014-2017 has been published.
Release Date: 16 May 2014
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Public advice - Shark Drum Line Deployment, Management and Associated Services
Summary: The EPA has issued Public Advice on the proposal for Shark Drum Line Deployment, Management and Associated Services within defined marine monitoring areas in the Metropolitan and South West regions.
Release Date: 12 March 2014
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Town of Port Hedland TPS 5 Amendment 56 Statement of Reasons
Summary: The EPA has determined that Scheme Amendment 56 is by its nature incapable of being made environmentally acceptable.
Release Date: 19 February 2014
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Delegates appointed for Browse assessment
Summary: Environment Minister Albert Jacob has announced the appointment of three delegates to assess the proposed Browse Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) precinct.
Release Date: 4 February 2014
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Statement of Reasons - Jackson 5 Exploration Program on M77/1095
Summary: The following is the Environmental Protection Authority's Statement of Reasons on the level of assessment set on the Jackson 5 (J5) Exploration Program on M77/1095.
Release Date: 6 January 2014
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EPB 20 - Protection of naturally vegetated areas through planning and development has been released
Summary: This bulletin sets out the EPA’s views and expectations for the design of urban and peri-urban development proposals in order to protect naturally vegetated areas.
Release Date: 4 December 2013
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New member joins the EPA
Summary: The Environmental Protection Authority has welcomed Glen McLeod as its newest member.
Release Date: 30 October 2013
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Response provided to The West Australian Tuesday October 15, 2013
Summary: EPA Chairman Paul Vogel said he sought advice, not endorsement, from the Public Sector Commissioner regarding the strategy to manage the conflict of interest issues surrounding the Browse assessment.
Release Date: 16 October 2013
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EPA rejects bid to rezone industrial land due to Pilbara dust
Summary: The EPA has issued a Statement of Reasons relating to its determination that the Scheme Amendment requested by the Town of Port Hedland is environmentally unacceptable.
Release Date: 12 August 2013
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EPA and OEPA contact details
Summary: Please note that our postal address and phone and fax numbers have changed (March 2013).
Release Date: 28 March 2013
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Shared Environmental Assessment Knowledge (SEAK) Taskforce report released
Summary: The Minister for Environment has released the final report of the Shared Environmental Assessment Knowledge (SEAK) Taskforce.
Release Date: 10 August 2012
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EAG 1 Defining the Key Characteristics of a proposal
Summary: The EPA has finalised the draft Environmental Assessment Guideline on defining the Key Characteristics of a proposal. Download  EAG 1 here.
Release Date: 25 May 2012
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State says no to Vasse Coal proposal
Summary: The State Government has rejected a proposal by Vasse Coal Management Pty Ltd to develop a coal mine north-east of Margaret River. See the Minister's media statement here.
Release Date: 7 February 2012
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Minister says no to Vasse Coal proposal
Summary: Environment Minister Bill Marmion has upheld the Environmental Protection Authority’s decision to reject Vasse Coal Management Pty Ltd’s proposal to develop a coal mine north-east of Margaret River, citing serious risks to environmental values as the main concern. See the Minister's media statement here.
Release Date: 21 December 2011
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WA Environmental Offsets Policy
Summary: The Western Australian Government’s Environmental Offsets Policy seeks to protect and conserve environmental and biodiversity values for present and future generations. This policy ensures that economic and social development may occur while supporting long term environmental and conservation values.
Release Date: 27 September 2011
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Changes to Proposals after Assessment – Section 45C of the Environmental Protection Act 1986
Summary: This guideline discusses the scope and application of changes to proposals after assessment under Section 45C of the EPA Act.
Release Date: 26 August 2011
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Browse Assessment Process
Summary: The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) is formally assessing, as a strategic proposal, the Browse liquefied natural gas (LNG) processing precinct at James Price Point, on the Dampier Peninsula north of Broome. This is a joint assessment with the Commonwealth.
Release Date: 13 June 2011
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Magellan Lead Carbonate Project
Summary: The OEPA engaged John Eames of Laboratory Quality Management Services to review analytical procedures and air quality data for the Magellan Metals shipping container monitoring program. The review report is here.

The Minister for Environment; Water, Hon. Bill Marmion MLA, has issued a notice of interim conditions, under section 46A of the Environmental Protection Act 1986, that apply to the Magellan Metals lead carbonate project.
Release Date: 23 February 2011
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EAG6 Timelines for EIA of proposals
Summary: The EPA has updated this EAG in recognition of the need for guidance on the assessment process and associated timelines to provide certainty to all stakeholders, particularly proponents, in relation to the EIA process following amendments to the EP Act on 26 November 2010.
Release Date: 26 November 2010
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Revised Draft Environmental Protection (Western Swamp Tortoise Habitat) Policy 2010
Summary: The EPA has transmitted its Report and a revised Draft Environmental Protection (Western Swamp Tortoise Habitat) Policy 2010 to the Minister for Environment.
Release Date: 1 November 2010
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