Rio given nod to expand Pilbara iron hub

The Western Australian Environmental Authority (EPA) has approved Rio Tinto applications to expand the iron-ore hub in the Greater Paraburdoo region of the Pilbara.

Under the proposals, new deposits will be developed at Western Range, including above and below water table mining, and the extension of existing operations and infrastructure at Paraburdoo and Eastern Range.

The EPA’s green light is the first awarded to Rio since 2019, when blasting operations destroyed the Juukan Gorge rock shelters.

The EPA said it had taken the following into account in its assessment of the proposal:

  • environmental values likely to be significantly affected by the proposal
  • assessment of key environmental factors, separately and holistically
  • EPA’s confidence in the proponent’s proposed mitigation measures
  • likely environmental outcomes which can be achieved with the imposition of conditions
  • consistency of environmental outcomes with the EPA’s objectives for the key environmental factors
  • whether other statutory decision-making processes can mitigate the potential impacts of the proposal on the environment
  • principles of the EP Act.


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