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.
Hearing locations - 21 July 2014
The Decision-making Committee has issued a minute outlining the location of the hearing. It will be held in Wellington and the Chatham Islands. This minute can be viewed at the link below:
Further information request - 18 July 2014
The Decision-making Committee has requested further information from CRP relating to its application for a marine consent. The request for further information can be viewed at the link below.
Submissions available for viewing - 17 July 2014
The EPA has received 279 submissions on the CRP proposal. The submissions are now available for viewing.
Submission period closed - 10 July 2014
The submission period on the CRP application has closed. Submissions will be made available on the website in due course.
Further information request and response
The EPA requested further information from CRP relating to its application for a marine consent. CRP has subsequently responded to this request. The further information request and response can be viewed at the link below.
Review of technical reports
The EPA has obtained independent reviews of the information provided in CRP's marine consent application. The reports can be viewed here:
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