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TTRL decision date extended

15 June 2017

The Decision-making Committee appointed by the Environmental Protection Authority to consider an application by Trans-Tasman Resources Ltd to mine ironsand off the Taranaki Bight has announced an extension to its deliberations.

The committee, which began its consideration of the application following the formal closure of the hearing on 31 May, will now deliver its decision to the EPA on 27 July.

This is all set down in Minute 47 from the Decision-making Committee. 

Siobhan Quayle, General Manager of the EPA’s EEZ Applications team explained: “The Decision-making Committee has the power to extend timeframes, in accordance with Section 159 of the EEZ Act.

“The committee is of the view that an extension of time to ensure it is possible to consider all the information presented at the hearing and prepare a fully reasoned decision is in the best interests of all persons directly affected by the extension, and the community.”

Once the decision has been made, it will be delivered to the EPA, prepared for publication and publicly released as soon as practicable after that.

Click here for information on the TTRL application.

ENDS


For further information contact:

Diane Robinson, 

Communications Manager: 

DDI: 04 474 5593 or 027 405 3130


What we do: The Environmental Protection Authority is responsible for managing the effects of specified restricted activities on the environment in the EEZ and Continental Shelf under the EEZ Act. We consider applications for marine consents, monitor compliance, carry out enforcement, and promote public awareness of the requirements of the EEZ Act and associated regulations.


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