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As a substantial resource development, implementation of the West Pilbara Iron Ore Project will bring change for communities and the environment local to the development. API is focussed on maximizing the benefits and minimising negative impacts to ensure that overall, the project is optimised.

API is committed to engaging with stakeholders to assist in evaluating the effect, and exploring the opportunities, presented by the Project. The cooperation and engagement of Traditional Owners and pastoralists with interests in the land associated with the project footprint is acknowledged in particular.

A thorough understanding of the existing environment is necessary to evaluate and minimise the potential impacts of a proposal. API has completed extensive studies, and consulted widely to inform the design and environmental impact assessment of the West Pilbara Iron Ore Project. These studies commenced in 2007 and addressed the Stage 1 mine, rail and port components.

An Environmental Policy has been adopted by API to describe the overarching objectives and direction for management.  A systematic, risk based approach to the environmental management of the project will be applied in the implementation of the Project.

The mine and rail components of the West Pilbara Iron Ore Project were described in a Public Environmental Review published in June 2010 and approved under the WA Environmental Protection Act 1986 (EP Act) by the Minister for Environment; Water on 30 November 2011 (Ministerial Statement 881). Commonwealth approval for the mine and rail elements was granted under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) via the Delegate to the Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities (EPBC 2009/4706) on 27 November 2011.

The proposal by API to develop Anketell Port, described in a 'Section 43A' and Response to Submissions/final Public Environment Report (published November 2011) and a Public Environmental Review/Draft Public Environment Report (published December 2010), was approved under the EP Act by the Minister for Environment; Water on 30 January 2013 and by the Commonwealth Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities under the EPBC Act (EPBC 2009/5120) and the Environmental Protection (Sea Dumping) Act 1981 on 15 May 2013.

The West Pilbara Iron Ore Project Hardey Proposal is a planned satellite development that builds on Stage 1 infrastructure. The proposal was described in an 'Assessment on Proponent Information' document in October 2012 (Assessment Number 1943) and granted Ministerial approval on 21 August 2013.

Information relevant to the studies and documentation associated with the environmental impact assessment and approval processes may be obtained by contacting API (refer to Contacts page). The information available below is post - approval documentation prepared in fulfilment of specific conditions of environmental approval.