Yilgarn Operations - Koolyannobbing Range F Deposit, approximately 50 km north east of town of Southern Cross, Shire of Yilgarn

Closed 3 Aug 2014

Opened 28 Jul 2014

Feedback updated 13 Oct 2014

We asked

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

You said

There were two comments on this referral, both indicating that the proposal be found environmentally unacceptable.

We did

The EPA determined that the proposal should undergo formal environmental impact assessment at the Public Environmental Review (PER) level. The proposal directly impacts conservation significant flora. Detailed assessment is required to determine the extent of the proposal's direct and indirect impacts and potential mitigation, including rehabilitation and offsets. Several preliminary key environmental factors are complex.


Cliffs Asia Pacific Iron Ore Pty Ltd  proposes to extend its existing iron ore mining operations at the Koolyanobbing Range to include the Koolyanobbing Range F Deposit, located approximately 50km north-east of the town of Southern Cross.

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.


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