An Environmental Consultant will be engaged by the Shire of Dardanup to review the Environmental Protection Authority’s decision to “Not Assess” Cleanway’s proposal to store lithium tailings at its waste management facility on Banksia Road, along with associated information.
Dardanup Shire President Mick Bennett said the Shire would seek the consultant’s advice on the best way forward in relation to the issue.
The EPA handed down its decision on July 8 stating the likely environmental effects of the proposal were not so significant as to warrant formal assessment because of the relatively small scale of the impacts, the small geographic footprint and relatively short duration (18 months) of planned activities.
The EPA has also considered the mitigation strategies proposed by Cleanaway to avoid and minimise impacts, noting that there is no native vegetation and fauna habitat to be cleared, and the presence of other statutory processes to regulate emissions and discharges.
The EPA is of the view that the potential impacts of the proposal can be adequately managed. The EPA considers that other statutory processes such as Works Approvals and Licences under Part V of the Environmental Protection Act 1986, and Environmental Protection (Noise) Regulations 1997, can regulate the facility.
To view information on the EPA’s decision in detail, visit this link.