Why an EIS?

An Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is a report that assesses the feasibility of a project by conducting thorough technical studies of potential environmental, social and economic impacts, and proposes feasible ways to manage them. 

EIS Terms of Reference

The Northern Territory Environment Protection Authority released Terms of Reference for the Nolans Project EIS in May 2015. The Terms of Reference outlines all matters required to be addressed in the EIS. 

Nolans Project EIS

In recognition of the unique set of challenges posed by developing a rare earths project in Central Australia, Arafura commenced cultural heritage and baseline environmental studies at the Nolans site in 2006. The scope and intensity of these studies varied over time to reflect the availability of resources and development timeline. In February 2015 Arafura appointed GHD, one of the world's leading professional service companies, to coordinate the balance of the environmental studies and write the EIS. GHD has been assisted by specialist consultants in the areas of social impact assessment, economic analysis, groundwater sustainability, radiation management and cultural heritage.

In advance of submitting the EIS to the Northern Territory Environment Protection Authority (EPA), Arafura hosted Community Information Sessions in Alice Springs and at Ti Tree in late-April 2016 and released an EIS Summary.

The EIS was lodged with the EPA in May 2016 and was subject to an eight-week public review period that ended in July 2016. Individual chapters that comprise the main EIS document as well as the supporting technical appendices can be downloaded below. Twenty stakeholder groups submitted over 500 comments to the EPA during the public review. Sixteen of these groups are Northern Territory and Australian Government agencies.

Arafura is currently working through its responses to these comments, and is preparing a comprehensive Supplement to the EIS that it is aiming to deliver to the EPA by the end of 2016.

EIS Report


Volume 1

Complete Document  [28.9 MB]


Executive Summary  [532 KB] 
Abbreviations, Glossary and Table of Contents  [182 KB] 
Chapter 1: Introduction  [2 MB]
Chapter 2: Regulatory Context  [605 KB]
Chapter 3: Project Description  [4.8 MB]
Chapter 4: Project Alternatives and Cumulative Impacts  [885 KB]
Chapter 5: Risk Assessment  [671 KB]
Chapter 6: Consultation  [599 KB]
Chapter 7: Surface Water  [9.3 MB]
Chapter 8: Groundwater  [2.3 MB]
Chapter 9: Biodiversity  [8.6 MB]
Chapter 10: Protected Matters under the EPBC Act  [1.5 MB]
Chapter 11: Human Health and Safety  [602 KB] 
Chapter 12: Radiation  [922 KB]
Chapter 13: Air Quality  [1.2 MB]
Chapter 14: Noise and Vibration  [987 KB]
Chapter 15: Socio-economics  [643 KB]
Chapter 16: Heritage  [914 KB]
Chapter 17: Traffic and Transport  [730 KB]
Chapter 18: Rehabilitation, Decommissioning and Closure  [639 KB]
Chapter 19: References   [575 KB]

Volume 2

Appendix A: Terms of Reference  [743 KB]
Appendix B: EPBC Advisory Notice  [568 KB]
Appendix C: Environmental Impact Statement Team  [513 KB]
Appendix D: Cross Reference to Terms of Reference  [892 KB]
Appendix E: Storage Facility Design Drawings  [5.4 MB]
Appendix F: Risk Register (Environmental)  [859 KB]
Appendix G: Risk Register (Social)  [633 KB]
Appendix H: Community Consultation Report  [1.3 MB]
Appendix I: Surface Water Report  [17.9 MB]
Appendix J: Flotation TSF Failure Impact Assessment  [6 MB]
Appendix K: Ground Water Report  [5.4 MB]
Appendix L: Acid, Metalliferous Drainage Report  [3.7 MB]

Volume 3

Appendix M: Biodiversity - Flora and Vegetation Report  [17 MB]
Appendix N: Biodiversity - Fauna and Threatened Species Report  [7.4 MB]
Appendix O: Human Health and Safety Report  [1.5 MB]
Appendix P: Radiation Report  [5.9 MB]

Volume 4

Appendix Q: Air Report  [5.2 MB]
Appendix R: Noise Report  [6.2 MB]
Appendix S: Social Impact Assessment  [3.2 MB]
Appendix T: Economic Impact Report  [1.4 MB]
Appendix U: Indigenous and Historic Cultural Heritage Assessment  [501 KB]
Appendix V: Transport Report  [1.3 MB]
Appendix W: Rehabilitation, Decommissioning and Closure Report  [1.7 MB]

Volume 5

Appendix X: Environmental Management Plan  [19.8 MB]
Appendix X_C: Air and Dust Management Plan  [577 KB]
Appendix X_D: Biodiversity Management Plan  [3.4 MB]
Appendix X_E: Cultural Heritage Management Plan  [389 KB]
Appendix X_F: Emergency Response Management Plan  [457 KB]
Appendix X_G: Fire Management Plan  [274 KB]
Appendix X_H: Hazardous Substances Management Plan  [343 KB]
Appendix X_I: Waste Management Plan  [2.8 MB]

Volume 6

Appendix X_J: Radiation Management Plan  [78 KB]
Appendix X_K: Social Impact Management Plan  [1.5 MB]
Appendix X_L: Water Management Plan  [12.3 MB]
Appendix X_M: Weed Management Plan  [242 KB]


EIS Enquiries

For more information on the Nolans Project EIS, please contact our General Manager for Northern Territory & Sustainability:

Brian Fowler
Phone:  +618 8947 5588

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