- EPA assessment of environmental impacts was appropriate
- McGowan Labor Government yet to make final decision on project
Environment Minister Stephen Dawson has today announced he will dismiss all appeals against the Environmental Protection Authority's (EPA) assessment on a proposal to expand the Blue Hills Mungada East mining operations, 220 kilometres south-east of Geraldton.
The Minister's decision concludes that the EPA's assessment of the proposal was supported by the available evidence on environmental impacts.
Other relevant decision-making authorities across government will now be consulted to determine whether or not the proposal should be implemented.
Earlier this year, the EPA found that a proposal by Sinosteel Midwest Corporation Limited to expand the Blue Hills Mungada East mining operations was environmentally unacceptable.
The EPA's report on the Sinosteel Midwest Corporation Limited proposal received 45 appeals.
These appeals identified a number of objections to the EPA's report and recommendations, which were investigated independently of the EPA by the Appeals Convenor.
The Minister's decision can be viewed here on the Appeals Convenor's website.
Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson:
"Forty-five appellants raised a number of concerns about the EPA's assessment of the Blue Hills Mungada East expansion proposal.
"After carefully considering these concerns, I have dismissed the appeals in agreement with the recommendations of the Appeals Convenor's report.
"This announcement is not a final decision from government. I will now consult with my ministerial colleagues to ensure the social, economic and environmental aspects of this proposal are considered."
Minister's office - 6552 5800