Salt project as­sess­ment

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K+S Salt Aus­tralia’s Ash­bur­ton Salt Project will be man­aged by the Fed­eral Depart­ment of the En­vi­ron­ment and En­ergy as a con­trolled ac­tion, via an ac­cred­ited as­sess­ment.

This fol­lows the Western Aus­tralian En­vi­ron­ment Pro­tec­tion Author­ity de­ci­sion to as­sess the project by en­vi­ron­men­tal re­view in late 2016.

K+S Salt manag­ing direc­tor Ger­rit Godecke said he was pleased the process for en­vi­ron­men­tal ap­provals was con­firmed.

“We look for­ward to en­gag­ing with the EPA and other key stake­hold­ers through this process to min­imise or avoid en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pacts,” he said.

Mr Godecke said K+S Salt was pre­par­ing a scop­ing doc­u­ment to de­tail en­vi­ron­men­tal stud­ies to be un­der­taken.

This would be made public by the EPA as part of the ap­provals process which is ex­pected to last sev­eral years.

When the nec­es­sary per­mits have been granted, in 2019 at the ear­li­est, K+S would make a fi­nal de­ci­sion on whether to build the so­lar salt pro­duc­tion fa­cil­ity.

The pro­posed $350 mil­lion so­lar salt fa­cil­ity is 40km south-west of Onslow.

An­nual pro­duc­tion ca­pac­ity would be about 3.5 mil­lion tonnes and the fa­cil­ity would pro­vide about 75 full-time jobs.

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