EPA REJECTS SALT MINE PROPOSAL
The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has recommended
in a report to the Environment Minister, David Templeman,
to not give environmental approval for a proposal by Straits
Salt to construct and operate a 4.2 million tonne per annum
solar salt farm in the pristine Exmouth Gulf.
The Halt the Salt Alliance is delighted the EPA has rejected
the proposal unconditionally and we will be urging the Environment
Minister to follow the EPA’s advice and reject the salt
The EPA’s reports sends a strong message to the State
Government that the environmental risks are too great for
a large-scale mine to proceed in this precious area.
There is now a two-week appeal process to the EPA’s
report, in which Straits Salt is expected to appeal.
The Halt the Salt Alliance will not be appealing the EPA’s
advice, but we will be calling on the Premier and Environment
Minister to reject the salt mine – and we are
asking you to do the same.
It is also important that the State Government permanently
protects the precious Yannarie delta system in the Exmouth
Gulf from any future resource and industry activity.
With a State election fast approaching, we are hoping the
Carpenter Government will take on the advice of the EPA –
if it accepts the salt mine proposal it will be held accountable
for any environmental damage caused by the salt mine.
The EPA’s report concluded that the proposal presents
unacceptably high risks of environmental harm to wetland values
and unacceptable levels of uncertainty in relation to long
term management of bitterns.
Exmouth Gulf is one of the richest marine environments in
Australia – it is a precious natural asset that must
be protected for future generations.
The large-scale salt mine would destroy the local environment,
communities, businesses and industries, change the face of
the pristine Exmouth Gulf forever and damage WA’s reputation
as a world-class tourism destination.
As this will be a new representation, all previous submitters
will be able to make new submissions.
We encourage you to forward this email to family and friends
and encourage them to make submissions.
The EPA's report is available at www.epa.wa.gov.au
full (1.8 Mb pdf)
To make a submission to the State Government, click
Growing numbers of people from Australia and overseas, determined
to help protect this unique environment, are making their views
known to the Western Australian Government.
Personalised letters, faxes or phone calls to politicians are
also very important and the Alliance website has a full list
Another good way of putting your views across is to write a
Letter to the Editor and again the Alliance has details of how
to make contact with the State's
major newspapers or you can spread the word
via your own local community newspaper
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