A proposal to construct and operate a gold mine near Fingal in the state’s north east has been considered by the EPA Director under delegation from the EPA Board.
The proposal involves the extraction of up to 50,000 cubic metres of material from Sailors Gully off Mangana Road, approximately seven kilometres northwest of Fingal.
EPA Director Alex Schaap said the proposal was put forward by Webb Mining Services.
"Under the proposal, material would be extracted via underground shafts and treated by means of crushing and gravity separation on site," Mr. Schaap said.
"After careful consideration, I have concluded that the proposal is capable of being managed in an environmentally acceptable manner, provided that environmental permit conditions are imposed and complied with."
"I have considered the evaluation of environmental issues associated with the proposal in the draft Environmental Assessment Report. I have imposed conditions that specifically relate to the management of ground and surface water as well as the storage of waste rock."
Mr Schaap said that in addition to comments received from relevant government agencies, one representation was received from the public, which was also taken into account.
Webb Mining Services lodged a Development Application with a supporting Environmental Effects Report (EER) to the Break O’Day Council.
The application was referred to the Board of the Environment Protection Authority (the Board) for assessment under the Environmental Management and Pollution Control Act 1994(EMPCA).
The Director’s environmental assessment, including conditions, has been forwarded to the Break O’Day Council. The Council will review the planning considerations before deciding whether to grant a permit.
More information will be available on the EPA website