Public Environmental Review

J5 AND BUNGALBIN EAST IRON ORE PROPOSAL

PUBLIC ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW

The EPA has determined that this document should be available for a public review of 8 weeks, which commencied on 5 September 2016. The closing date for submissions was 31 October 2016.

Mineral Resources Limited (MRL) proposes to construct and operate the J5 and Bungalbin East iron ore mines about 100 kilometres north of Southern Cross, Western Australia.

In accordance with the Environmental Protection Act 1986, a Public Environmental Review (PER) document has been prepared which describes this proposal and its likely effects on the environment.

MRL’s mining operations in the Yilgarn are forecast to deliver several hundred million dollars in royalties to the Western Australian economy over coming years.

The project will allow the retention of significant jobs and will make a strong contribution to the WA economy including:

  • The construction phase will provide around 401 Full Time Equivalent (FTE) positions comprised of 98 direct FTEs and 401 indirect FTEs (Numbers modelled by engineering firm AECOM in September 2016);
  • The operations phase will provide more than 1,496 FTEs including 585 direct FTEs and about 911 indirect FTEs;
  • Fremantle Port’s biggest customer by dollar and volume with $43 million paid per annum and 79 dockside employees;
  • Continued operation of  six locomotives and 382 wagons that haul the ore to port and support staff;
  • Several hundred million dollars in Royalties to be paid to the State over the project’s life; and
  • Annually, hundreds of millions dollars pumped into the economy through wages, taxes, procurements and capital and operational investments.

To  view our Media Fact Sheet click here.

To view or Public Fact Sheet click here.

To watch our October video about the project click here

 

 

PER Document

You can obtain a free CD (this includes the spatial data and the cited references) of the PER by contacting MRL directly or alternatively by emailing the EPA at    

 A hard copy is availbale by sending a cheque or money order for $10 per copy to: PER REQUEST, Mineral Resources, 1 Sleat Road, Applecross 6153.

The online version is below, available by chapters as the total file size is very large.

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
TABLE OF CONTENTS

  1. INTRODUCTION
  2. PROJECT DESCRIPTION
  3. ENVIRONMENTAL SETTING
  4. ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT FRAMEWORK
  5. FLORA AND VEGETATION - PART 1
    FLORA AND VEGETATION - PART 2
    FLORA AND VEGETATION - PART 3
  6. LANDFORMS - PART 1
    LANDFORMS - PART 2
    LANDFORMS - PART 3
  7. SUBTERRANEAN FAUNA
  8. TERRESTRIAL FAUNA
  9. HYDROLOGICAL PROCESSES AND INLAND WATERS ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY
  10. AMENITY
  11. HERITAGE
  12. REHABILITATION AND DECOMMISSIONING
  13. OFFSETS
  14. SUMMARY OF MATTERS OF NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL SIGNIFICANCE
  15. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION
  16. CONCLUSION

Appendices

APPENDIX 1-A: ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY

APPENDIX 1-B: ENVIRONMENTAL SCOPING DOCUMENT (27 AUGUST 2015)

APPENDIX 1-C: EPA CHECKLIST FOR ENVIRONMENTAL SCOPING DOCUMENT

APPENDIX 2-A: ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT PLAN AND PROCEDURES

APPENDIX 5-A: FLORA AND VEGETATION ASSESSMENT - PART 1
APPENDIX 5-A: FLORA AND VEGETATION ASSESSMENT - PART 2
APPENDIX 5-A: FLORA AND VEGETATION ASSESSMENT - PART 3
APPENDIX 5-A: FLORA AND VEGETATION ASSESSMENT - PART 4
APPENDIX 5-A: FLORA AND VEGETATION ASSESSMENT - PART 5

APPENDIX 5-B: PEER REVIEW – FLORA AND VEGETATION

APPENDIX 5-C: ENVIRONMENTAL DRIVERS OF FLORISTIC DIVERSITY

APPENDIX 5-D: IUCN REVIEW - TETRATHECA APHYLLA AND LEUCOPOGON SPECTABILIS

APPENDIX 5-E: CURTIN GENETICS ASSESSMENT

APPENDIX 5-F: IUCN REVIEW - LEPIDOSPERMA BUNGALBIN AND BANKSIA ARBOREA

APPENDIX 5-G: WOODMAN REVIEW

APPENDIX 5-H: CONSERVATION-SIGNIFICANT SPECIES MANAGEMENT PLAN

APPENDIX 6-A: LANDFORM IMPACT ASSESSMENT - PART 1
APPENDIX 6-A: LANDFORM IMPACT ASSESSMENT - PART 2
APPENDIX 6-A: LANDFORM IMPACT ASSESSMENT - PART 3

APPENDIX 6-B: PEER REVIEW – LANDFORM IMPACT ASSESSMENT

APPENDIX 7-A: SUBTERRANEAN FAUNA ASSESSMENT

APPENDIX 8-A: TERRESTRIAL VERTEBRATE FAUNA ASSESSMENT

APPENDIX 8-B: SHORT RANGE ENDEMIC (SRE) INVERTEBRATE FAUNA ASSESSMENT - PART 1
APPENDIX 8-B: SHORT RANGE ENDEMIC (SRE) INVERTEBRATE FAUNA ASSESSMENT - PART 2
APPENDIX 8-B: SHORT RANGE ENDEMIC (SRE) INVERTEBRATE FAUNA ASSESSMENT - PART 3

APPENDIX 9-A: SURFACE WATER ASSESSMENT - PART 1
APPENDIX 9-A: SURFACE WATER ASSESSMENT - PART 2

APPENDIX 9-B: GROUNDWATER LEVELS REVIEW

APPENDIX 9-C: SURFACE WATER MANAGEMENT PLAN

APPENDIX 10-A: ENVIRONMENTAL NOISE ASSESSMENT

APPENDIX 10-B: VISUAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT - PART 1
APPENDIX 10-B: VISUAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT - PART 2
APPENDIX 10-B: VISUAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT - PART 3
APPENDIX 10-B: VISUAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT - PART 4

APPENDIX 10-C: PEER REVIEW – VISUAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT

APPENDIX 10-D: AIR QUALITY ASSESSMENT

APPENDIX 10-E: AMENITY MANAGEMENT PLAN

APPENDIX 12-A: SOIL CHARACTERISATION

APPENDIX 12-B: RISK-BASED WASTE CHARACTERISATION

APPENDIX 12-C: REHABILITATION LITERATURE REVIEW

APPENDIX 12-D: REHABILITATION AND MINE CLOSURE PLAN

APPENDIX 13-A: WA ENVIRONMENTAL OFFSETS SUMMARY

APPENDIX 14-A: EPBC REGULATIONS 2000 – SCHEDULE 4 REQUIREMENTS