The LSOP was referred to the EPA in December 2017, which determined that the Project’s development proposal, as detailed in the ERD, will be assessed under Part IV of the Environmental Protection Act 1986 by way of an Environmental Review with No Public Consultation.
In September 2018 the APC received approval from the EPA for the Environmental Scoping Document (ESD) submitted for review. The ESD defines the form, content, timing and procedure of the ERD.
The Environmental Review Document is the comprehensive environmental approval document submitted for assessment by the EPA. It comprises a thorough understanding of the environmental setting in the Project area, developed through detailed flora and fauna surveys and studies. Along with details of the LSOP’s operation, this information is assessed by the EPA to determine its approval for Project implementation under Part IV of the EP Act 1986.
Following ERD approval under Part IV, other Decision Making Authorities (DMAs) can commence providing operating licenses and permits through Part V of the Environmental Protection Act and Mining Act 1978 etc. DMAs, including the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER), and Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS), will only progress with APC’s licence and permit applications once the LSOP’s ERD is approved under Part IV.
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