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Question Without Notice No. 323 asked in the Legislative Council on 4 April 2019 by Hon Robin Chapple

Minister responding: Hon S.N. Dawson
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on 4 April 2019

YARA PILBARA NITRATES — TECHNICAL AMMONIUM NITRATE PLANT

323. Hon ROBIN CHAPPLE to the Minister for Environment:

I refer to amendment notice 1 of licence number L7997/2002/11, licence holder Yara Pilbara Fertilisers Pty Ltd and Yara Pilbara Nitrates Pty Ltd.

(1) Will the minister table all the works approvals, licences to operate and amendment notices for the Yara Pilbara fertiliser plant, formerly Burrup fertiliser plant, and the Yara technical ammonium nitrate plant?

(2) What is the reasoning for amendment notice 1 of licence number L7997/2002/11?

(3) If no to (1), why not?

Hon STEPHEN DAWSON replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.

(1) I table the active works approvals, licences and amendment notices issued to Yara Pilbara Fertilisers Pty Ltd and Yara Pilbara Nitrates Pty Ltd for the Yara Pilbara fertiliser plant: L7997/2002/11, amendment notice 1, 2 April 2019; L7997/2002/11, amended licence, amended 29 June 2018; and L7997/2002/11, amended licence and decision report, amended 29 June 2018.

Due to the limited time available to table all non-active works approvals, licences and amendment notices for the Yara Pilbara fertiliser plant—formerly the Burrup fertiliser plant—and the Yara technical ammonium nitrate plant, I ask the honourable member to put this question on notice.

[See paper 2563.]

(2) Amendment notice 1 was issued by the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation to amend condition 18 of licence L7997/2002/11. The amendment relates to extending that date for an emission limit for total nitrogen and total phosphorous to apply for discharges from the wastewater treatment plant to infiltration basins at the premises. The date was extended from 1 April 2019 to 30 November 2019 and given to allow improvements to the wastewater treatment plant to be completed.

(3) See answer to (1).