The proposal is an expansion of the existing Sino Iron Project approved under Ministerial Statement 635. The proposal includes the expansion of the mine pit, waste dumps and Tailings Storage Facilities. The proposed mine pit expansion will increase in depth from 220 m to approximately 400 m and the disturbance footprint will increase by up to 7336 ha (to a total of up to 10,100 ha). The proposal also includes increased discharge of mine dewatering into the mouth of the Fortescue River from 2 gigalitres per annum (GL/a) up to 8 GL/a.
Why We Are Consulting
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.