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Chatham Rock Phosphate Ltd: Application for marine consent

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Chatham Rock Phosphate Ltd (CRP) proposed to mine phosphorite nodules from the Chatham Rise.

Latest updates

Update - 11 March 2015

No appeals on CRP decision

The High Court has confirmed that no appeals have been lodged against the decision.

Update – 11 February 2015

EPA refuses marine consent application by CRP

The EPA has released its decision on the application by CRP for a marine consent to mine phosphorite nodules on the Chatham Rise. The Decision-making Committee appointed by the EPA to hear and determine the marine consent application has refused consent.

Further details about the decision, and a link to the decision, can be found here:

Update 4 February 2015

Release date for decision on CRP application

The decision on the application by CRP for a marine consent will be released by the EPA on Wednesday 11 February. The decision will be briefly summarised on this page and published in full on the page linked below.

Update 16 January 2015

DMC minute 

The Decision-making Committee has issued a minute (M22) extending the timeframe to make a decision to 10 February 2015. You can view the minute using the link below.

Update 12 December 2014

Closure of CRP hearing

The Decision-making Committee (DMC) has closed the hearing on the CRP application. The Committee now has 20 working days to make its decision. Due to the Christmas period a decision is expected to be made early next year. The DMC has issued a minute (M21) closing the hearing. You can view it using the link below.

Hearing Procedures

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

The decision

Decision by the EPA on the application by Chatham Rock Phosphate Ltd for a marine consent.

The hearing

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


See the evidence provided in relation to the CRP application.

Decision-making Committee

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

Reports and advice

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

Submissions received

See the submissions received on the CRP proposal.

The application

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

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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