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Public Notification of Environmental Incidents
On 29 October 2019, an ABC news report highlighted two incidents involving Nyrstar at Port Pirie; a sulfuric acid spill in January 2019 and a 2017 cadmium concentration in groundwater. While neither incident was considered to pose a risk to the community, concerns were raised about how information related to these incidents was provided to the community.
As an outcome of the review, the Board has developed an updated Engagement Charter for the EPA, which includes principles for notifying the public of environmental incidents.
Draft Dredging Guideline
The EPA is seeking feedback on a draft dredging guideline that aims “…to provide proponents with a better understanding of environmental risks associated with dredging and EPA’s expectations for managing these risks”
Update: Mining Regulations 2020 – timetable changes
On 17 April, we reported that the regulations engagement timeline and process was revised due to COVID-19. Now, the SA Department for Energy and Mining has reported that it will release draft regulations in three packages:
- Land access (will be released for comment in the first week of August)
- Compliance and enforcement (will be released for comment in the second week of August)
- Operating approvals (will be released for comment in the third week of August)
Relaxed fishing restrictions in marine parks
Under proposed changes to the Marine Parks Act 2007, six marine park management plans would be amended to allow fishing in parts of sanctuary zones, the boundaries of two marine parks would be expanded and a new sanctuary zone would be created at Port Stanvac. Public consultation on the changes will commence on 29 May 2020.
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FYI: EPA says the proposed Peregrine heliport in suburban Norwood does not comply with the State’s general environmental duty.
The helicopter landing facility is a government nominated Major Development, proposed for the Norwood head office of the On The Run service-station company. The EPA says that the proposal “…does not comply with the General Environmental Duty and recommends that the proposed helicopter landing facility should not be approved.
FYI: BHP’s Olympic Dam Resource Development Strategy to be assessed through EIS
BHP proposes to increase copper production at its Olympic Dam mine from 200,000 to 350,000 tonnes per annum, with a corresponding increase in uranium and silver production.
The SA Government has determined that the project will be assessed by means of an Environmental Impact Statement and has just issued guidelines for its preparation.
Linear Park (Semaphore Park to Grange)
The SA Government is seeking feedback on a proposal to establish a Linear Park between Semaphore Park and Grange.
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