Arafura Resources last week received environmental approval from the Northern Territory EPA’s (Environment Protection Authority) environmental impact assessment report for its Nolans rare earths project. The project, which is 135km north of Alice Springs, is focused on the development of neodymium and praseodymium.
The EPA’s approval is an important step forward for Arafura’s project; final environmental approval is subject to a further impact assessment report by the Australian Government, which must be approved alongside the NT EPA’s assessment by the NT Government. This process is expected to be completed within first quarter 2018.
“Our sustainability team has worked diligently alongside our environmental consultants GHD to produce comprehensive, quality documentation to support the passage of the Nolans project through the Northern Territory environmental approvals process,” said Arafura managing director Gavin Lockyer.
“Arafura is also acutely aware of the importance of community acceptance — our social licence to operate — so we will maintain a strong focus on communication and consultation on all aspects of the project.”