Sino Iron Mine Continuation

Closed 20 Jan 2022

Opened 14 Jan 2022


The Proposal is located in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.  CITIC Pacific Mining Pty Ltd on behalf of Sino Iron Pty Ltd and Korean Steel Pty Ltd is proposing to increase the rate of groundwater abstraction from the mine pits and discharge to the lower Fortescue River and estuary from 12 to 21 GLpa, which is an increase of 9 GLpa.

The proposal is located within an area of existing pastoral, mining, and recreational use. The maximum rate of discharge will remain the same (667L/sec). The period of discharge will increase from 13.7 hr/day to up to 24 hr/day.

Why your views matter

At this initial stage of the EIA process, comment is simply sought on whether or not the EPA should assess a proposal and, if so, what level of assessment is considered appropriate.

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


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