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Media Release: Busy year ahead for NT EPA

28 Feb 2014

The Northern Territory Environment Protection Authority (NT EPA) held its first meeting for 2014 in Darwin from 28th to 30th of January.

Dr Bill Freeland, Chair of the NT EPA, said the meeting provided an opportunity for the members to discuss a number of topical environmental issues ranging from legacy mining in the Northern Territory to hydraulic fracturing, as well as the establishment of a Waste Management Advisory Committee to look into opportunities to improve waste management outcomes for the Northern Territory.

“The NT EPA is now in its second year and is looking forward to the challenges of the year ahead,” Dr Freeland said.

Further outcomes from the first meeting of 2014 include:

  • Approval of a new factsheet on the occurrence of blue green algae, which is now publicly available on the NT EPA website;
  • Review of an environmental report on the Redbank mine legacy site.  It is anticipated the report will be released in March 2014.

Dr Freeland said a visit to Energy Resources Australia (ERA) Uranium site was insightful and provided an additional understanding of the Ranger 3 Deeps proposal.

“There’ll be more site visits this year. The next NT EPA meeting will be held between 25 and 27 March 2014,” Dr Freeland said.

Media contact – Lesley Major 0419 288 284