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EPA 'Unlawful' Permit Amendments

Nick Mckim

Nick Mckim  -  Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Tags: Supreme Court, Environment Protection Authority

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) must now move to ensure Shree Minerals fully rehabilitates any mining activity undertaken under the company’s amended permit, now the Supreme Court has declared those amendments unlawful.

“This judicial review finding is a fantastic Christmas present for the Tarkine, and an affirmation of the role community and environmental organisations such as Save the Tarkine play in our democracy,” Greens Environment spokesperson Nick McKim MP said.

“Now it has been confirmed that the EPA’s amendments to Shree Minerals permit is unlawful, the government must act to ensure the company puts this toxic material in a safe underground storage facility as required by the original permit.”

“The EPA should also learn from this judicial finding and stop the unnecessary secrecy surrounding mining and permit processes.”

“Civic involvement and environmental sustainability are threatened by the Hodgman government’s agenda to water down environmental protection and shut down public participation.”