West Angelas Mine Expansion Gets Environmental Approval
The EPA recommended a condition for managed aquifer recharge to maintain groundwater levels at the Karijini National Park. To further protect the national park from up to 12 gigaliters per year of proposed surplus water discharge into Turee Creek East, and minimize the impact on riparian vegetation, the EPA recommended conditions, including rigorous monitoring under an environmental management plan (EMP). To offset the residual impact of additional clearing, the EPA recommended contributions to the Pilbara Environmental Offset Fund.
“This assessment work and recommended conditions constitute a comprehensive approach to management of environmental impacts, following a proactive approach by the proponent and extensive consultation with the EPA,” EPA Deputy Chair Robert Harvey said. The EPA’s report is open for a public appeal period until May 27. Work is expected to start later this year at West Angelas, with first ore being delivered in 2021.