Australian Potash (ASX: APC) (“APC” or the “Company”) is pleased to provide shareholders with an update on its significantly advanced permitting and approvals process. Environmental Protection Authority (EPA): Level of Assessment – Environmental Review (No Public Comment) In December 2017, the Company referred its proposed project development to the EPA.
The EPA has today advised that it will assess the project development based upon the submission of an Environmental Review Document (No Public Comment), which is the second lowest level of assessment. That is, the EPA requires APC to submit sufficient information in order for it to understand how the project will be developed, and what impacts the development will have on the surrounding environment. The level of assessment required will not require formal public environmental review, therefore reducing the timeframes required for completion of assessment.
APC Executive Chairman, Matt Shackleton, commented:
“Over the last two years, we have devoted significant resources to stakeholder engagement and undertaking baseline environmental studies to understand the hydrological processes, terrestrial and aquatic flora and fauna in order to inform project design and plan for mitigation of environmental impacts. We are extremely pleased to see that effort reflected in the EPA’s level of assessment.”