WA Government backs opposition to Sinosteel mine expansion

The Western Australian Government has dismissed appeals made against an Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) decision that opposed Sinosteel Midwest Corp’s plans to expand the Blue Hills Mungana East iron ore mine east of Geraldton.

Earlier this year, the EPA found that a proposal by Sinosteel to expand Blue Hills was environmentally unacceptable.

The EPA’s report on the Sinosteel proposal received 45 appeals. The appeals identified several objections to the EPA’s report and recommendations, which were investigated independently by the Appeals Convenor.

“Forty-five appellants raised a number of concerns about the EPA’s assessment of the Blue Hills Mungada East expansion proposal,” Environment Minister Stephen Dawson said.

“After carefully considering these concerns, I have dismissed the appeals in agreement with the recommendations of the Appeals Convenor’s report.

“This announcement is not a final decision from government. I will now consult with my ministerial colleagues to ensure the social, economic and environmental aspects of this proposal are considered.”

Dawson’s decision concludes that the EPA’s assessment of the Sinosteel proposal was supported by the available evidence on environmental impacts.

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