Browns Range Project - Mining and Processing of Rare Earth Minerals

Closed 20 May 2013

Opened 14 May 2013

Feedback updated 24 May 2013

We asked

Public comment was invited on the referral to help the EPA determine the appropriate level of assessment.

You said

There were no comments on the referral.

We did

The EPA determined that the proposal raises a limited number of significant environmental factors that can be readily managed, and for which there is an established condition setting framework. The proposal will be assessed as Assessment on Proponent Information (API A).


Northern Minerals Limited proposes to mine and process ore containing HREE dominant xenotime mineralisation from multiple open pits at the Browns Range site, which is located approximately 160 kilometres south-east of Halls Creek (Shire of Halls Creek).

What happens next

Following the seven day public comment period and consideration of any comments received, the EPA will decide whether or not this proposal requires environmental impact assessment and, if so, what level of assessment will be applied.

The Chairman's decisions on level of assessment are released each Monday on the EPA's website.


  • All of Western Australia


  • Public


  • Seven-day comment on referrals