Bindoon Bauxite Mining Proposal Withdrawn
Bauxite Alumina Joint Ventures (BAJV) has withdrawn the Bindoon Bauxite Mining Proposal from the Environmental Protection Authority assessment process.
We conducted a review of the Bindoon Concept study earlier this year, its economics and how we might reduce impacts and create opportunities locally, but have concluded that it is just not economic at this point in time.
The path forward will focus on commercialisation of our larger resources, which can support mining on a more economic scale and include the development of processing options. It was difficult to make this decision. We would like to thank the landowners who have been involved in the proposal and members of the community who have provided input and consultation throughout the application.
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Bindoon Bauxite Mining Proposal
In August 2010, the Bindoon Bauxite Mining Proposal was referred to the Western Australian Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) for Environmental Impact Assessment under Part IV of the Environmental Protection Act 1986
. This proposal includes 10 properties and access granted through private landholder agreements. The sites are located in north of Bindoon in the Shire of Chittering. This project proposal is to mine up to two million tonnes per annum (Mtpa) of bauxite, and plans will be submitted to cover a period not less than five years. This bauxite will be sold as Direct Shipping Ore (DSO), or sold locally as other products (e.g. gravel).
The Proposal will be formally assessed at the Public Environmental Review (PER) level, with an eight-week public review period.
In November 2010, the Bindoon Bauxite Mining Proposal was referred to the Commonwealth Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities as a Controlled Action, for assessment under the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999
. The proposal will be assessed through the accredited WA Environmental Impact Assessment process under the bilateral agreement between the Federal and WA governments.
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The proposed bauxite mining method is similar to that used in the trial Bindoon operation. The bauxite will be removed by equipment such as scrapers, excavators and dozers, and no blasting will be required.
The ore will be crushed and screened via an on-site two-stage crushing and screening circuit. The final products will be stacked onto product stockpiles using a radial stacker and then transported to Port for export. Materials that are not ore grade may be sold locally as other products (e.g. gravel).
Progressive rehabilitation of pits will be undertaken to minimise disturbance on the proposed lots. It is expected that each pit will be mined and rehabilitated over a period of 12 – 24 months.
Consultation with the Community
BAJV is working on a comprehensive program to inform, consult and involve the local community on key aspects of the Bindoon Bauxite Mining Proposal. Opportunities will be created for members of the community to provide feedback to BAJV throughout the environmental approvals process and into operations. Feedback from the community has informed, and will continue to inform, the scope of environmental studies and the design of the proposal. We will send regular updates to households as well as engage community members in opportunities to provide feedback along the way.
A number of specialist studies are currently underway as part of the Environmental Impact Assessment process to address potential impacts and develop appropriate management actions.
The studies include: Flora and Vegetation, Fauna, Dieback, Acid sulfate soils, Greenhouse gases, Traffic, Hydrology (surface water), Hydrogeology (groundwater), Cultural heritage, Noise, Dust, Visual Impact assessment, Social Impact Assessment and Economic Impact Assessment.
Information from the studies will be used to determine appropriate options and planning for the Proposal and to prepare the PER document.