21/11/2008 - 11:22

Magellan's lead exports being considered

21/11/2008 - 11:22

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The state government is currently considering a proposal from Magellan Metals to export containerised lead through the Port of Fremantle.

The state government is currently considering a proposal from Magellan Metals to export containerised lead through the Port of Fremantle.

In January 2008, former Environment Minister David Templeman accepted the recommendations of the Environmental Protection Authority that the shipment could proceed under a number of strict conditions.

Further conditions were then placed upon Magellan before the proposal was allowed to proceed, but the process was not completed prior to the state election on September 6.

Environment Minister Donna Faragher said she was required under the Environmental Protection Act 1986 to complete the process started by the previous government and has, so far, not requested any changes to the content of the conditions of the proposal.

"To ensure due process is followed for the new State Government, I am consulting with the current decision-making Ministers and this consultation is continuing," Mrs Faragher said.

"A final decision has not been made on the proposal by Magellan's proposal."

 

 

 

 

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Magellan lead proposal under consideration
Portfolio: Environment

Magellan Metals' proposal to export containerised lead through the Port of Fremantle is currently being considered by the State Government.

In January 2008, Minister for Environment David Templeman accepted the recommendations of the Environmental Protection Authority that the shipment could proceed under a number of strict conditions, but considered that extra conditions were required.

Then Mr Templeman announced he would require Magellan to comply with a number of additional conditions before he would allow the proposal to proceed and the process was not completed prior to the State Election on September 6.

Environment Minister Donna Faragher said she was required under the Environmental Protection Act 1986 to complete the process started by the previous government.

"It was the previous Environment Minister who set the conditions on this proposal, following consultation with previous Ministers," Mrs Faragher said.

"I have not requested any changes to the content of the conditions of the proposal.

"To ensure due process is followed for the new State Government, I am consulting with the current decision-making Ministers and this consultation is continuing.

"A final decision has not been made on the proposal by Magellan's proposal."

The Minister said she was upholding a longstanding convention, followed by several previous governments, of not meeting with stakeholders, both appellants and proponents, while proposals were in the Ministerial consultation phase.

"This is to ensure an even-handed, transparent and uncompromised process," she said.

"The health and safety of the Western Australian community is paramount and this issue is a priority for the Government."

 

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