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Environmental review document for Lake Wells project accepted for final assessment

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Australian Potash has said that the Environmental Review Document (ERD) for the development of the Lake Wells sulfate of potash project (LSOP) has been accepted for final assessment by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The EPA Services has reviewed the LSOP ERD and considers it an acceptable basis for advancing the assessment to the EPA for consideration.

The EPA has advised of the target timeframe for the progression of the assessment, however as with all applications, reserves the right to raise additional issues for the company to address.

Ministerial consent is required by all of the SOP projects being proposed or developed in Western Australia, with the Minister taking into consideration the advice given by the EPA in its report. The EPA have advised the following timetable for the balance of the assessment process.

  • Stage 3 assessment of the ERD: 6 weeks (July 2020).
  • Preparation of report to Minister (for consent): 6 weeks (August 2020).
  • Appeals period: 2 weeks (September 2020).
  • Ministerial statement of consent: September 2020.

Managing Director and CEO, Matt Shackleton, commented: “We are very pleased to advise further progress in the approvals pathway for the Lake Wells SOP project.

“The LSOP’s Environmental Review Document (ERD) has now been accepted for final assessment by the EPA. This follows an extensive period of consultation between the company and the EPA Services, where the company addressed queries and issues raised by the various decision-making authorities relevant to mining operations.

“Importantly for the company, there is now a timetable for the balance of the assessment process, which targets Ministerial consent to proceed with the development 3Q20.”

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