In November 2019, the company submitted the over-arching approvals document known as the Environmental Review Document (ERD) to the EPA. It is upon the information contained in the ERD that the EPA determines if the project development should be recommended to the Minister for development approval.
The assessment by the EPA is a staged process, with Stages 1 and 2 having been completed by APC.
The EPA determined to assess the LSOP development on an Environmental Review, with no public review.
Following submission of the ERD, the EPA invited the relevant authorities responsible for regulating the various aspects of the development (for example, the Departments of Water & Environmental Regulation, Mining, Industry Regulation & Safety etc.) to comment on the proposal.
APC has now received formal comments on the project development from the EPA. There were no issues raised in those comments that represent any fatal flaws to the proposed development.
APC will now address those comments and re-submit the final ERD for approval, enabling the EPA to move to the final approvals stage.
The company continues to liaise with other decision-making authorities (DMAs) and expects to be ready to submit all other required licence applications and approvals immediately upon the completion of the EPA process.
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