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Approvals Process and Timelines
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In order to construct and operate the proposed Sandy Ridge Facility, Tellus is seeking approval from:
  • The Commonwealth Department of the Environment and Energy (DEE)
  • The WA Environment Protection Authority (EPA)
  • The WA Department of Mines Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS)
  • The WA Department of Water and Environmental and Regulation (DWER)
There are many pieces of legislation that the Public Environmental Review (PER) must address. However, the key environmental legislation that the PER addresses are:
  • Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (Cmth)
  • Environmental Protection Act 1986 (WA)
  • Mining Act 1978 (WA)
  • Radiation Safety Act 1975 (WA)
Below is a summary of the environmental impact assessment process timeline for the Sandy Ridge Project.

Date Progress stage
4 May 2015 Project referred to EPA
17 August 2015 EPA set level of assessment at PER
31 March 2016 Draft Environmental Scoping Document (ESD) released for public comment
27 May 2016 ESD finalised
12 December 2016 PER released for public review
18 April 2017 EPA direct Tellus to prepare Response to Submissions Report
21 August 2017 Response to Submissions Report received by EPA
11 September 2017 Change to Proposal under Section 43A
8 December 2017 EPA publish Report
2 January 2018 Appeals Convenor request response to an appeal
12 January 2018 Response to Appeal Report lodged with Appeals Conveners Office
13 February 2018 Appellant (mining company) withdrew appeal after engagement with Tellus
2 March 2018 Sandy Ridge independent peer review completed with positive results
27 June 2018 WA Minister for Environment approves Tellus' Sandy Ridge Facility
17 August 2018 Sandy Ridge mining lease granted
9 January 2019 Australian Government approves the Sandy Ridge Facility

The WA EPA, the WA Minister for Environment and the Australian Government, subject to conditions supports the concept of Australia’s first dual open-cut kaolin mine and near-surface geological waste repository.

The next step is the granting of the secondary approvals that can only happen once the main approvals have been granted.

Click here to view the approval process on the WA EPA's website»
 
 
 
 
 
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