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Chatham Rock Phosphate Ltd: Application for marine consent

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Chatham Rock Phosphate Ltd (CRP) is proposing to mine phosphate nodules from the Chatham Rise, initially within an 820 sq. km area for which it has a mining permit. In the future, mining may also occur in a wider 10,192 sq. km area, dependent on monitoring results and environmental investigations. CRP is seeking a marine consent from the EPA in relation to the wider area (10,192 sq. km). CRP proposes to mine at least 30 sq. km of seabed per annum to meet its annual minimum production target of 1.5 million tonnes of phosphate nodules. 

Latest updates

Update 29 August 2014

Applicant’s evidence received

The evidence provided by various parties contributes to the decision-making process. CRP's evidence was received by the EPA on 29 August 2014. Evidence from other parties is due to be received on 12 September.

Further information responses

CRP provided further responses on 28 and 29 August 2014 to the DMC and EPA's requests for further information.

Update 28 August 2014

Notice of hearings and further information response

The Decision-making Committee (DMC) has issued a minute providing notice of the hearings scheduled for Wellington, the Chatham Islands, and Hamilton.  This minute can be viewed here:

CRP provided two further responses on 27 August 2014 to the DMC's request for further information.

Update - 25 August 2014

Details on expert conference and pre-hearing meeting

The DMC has issued two minutes (M9 and M10) providing further details on expert conferencing and the pre-hearing meeting. The minutes can be viewed below.

Update - 22 August 2014

Response by DMC to two separate requests

The Decision-making Committee (DMC) has issued two minutes (M7 and M8) providing responses to Deep Water Group's request for renotification of the CRP application, and a request by CRP for a time extension.

The minutes outlining the DMC response can be found here:

The requests by Deep Water Group and CRP can be found here:

Update - 21 August 2014

Further information response

CRP provided a further response on 21 August 2014 to the EPA's request for further information.

Update - 20 August 2014

Requirements for submitters outlined

The DMC has released a minute (Minute 6) and updated the Hearing Procedures to outline evidence requirements for submitters and advise when the timetable for conferencing and the pre-hearing meeting will be issued.

Update - 18 August 2014

Staff Report and NKKT Report issued

The marine consent process allows the EPA to obtain advice on any aspect of a marine consent application or on an activity that is associated with it. This information will support the decision-making process.

The EPA commissioned its staff to prepare a report on the CRP application.

The EPA also commissioned a report from Ngā Kaihautū Tikanga Taiao, the EPA’s Māori Advisory Committee. 

Hearing Procedures

The Hearing Procedures outline the rules, key dates and timeframe by which the hearing will run.

 In this section:

The application

Learn more about CRP's application for a marine consent and view the application documents.

Submissions received

See the submissions received on the CRP proposal.

Reports and advice

Read the reports and advice provided to the EPA about CRP’s marine consent application.


See the evidence provided in relation to the CRP application.

The hearing

Find out more about the procedures and timelines for the CRP application.

Decision-making Committee

The EPA Board has appointed a Decision-making Committee to decide whether or not to grant the application.

Previous updates

View the previous updates on the CRP marine consent application here.

Contact us

Key contacts at the EPA for the Chatham Rock Phosphate application.

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