ECA Project Information: EIS and Approvals

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Nolans Project EIS

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 to coordinate the balance of the environmental studies and write the Nolans EIS, assisted by specialist consultants in the areas of social impact assessment, economic analysis, groundwater sustainability, radiation management and cultural heritage.

The draft EIS was lodged with the Northern Territory Environmental Protection Authority (NTEPA) in May 2016 and was subject to an eight-week public review period. More than 500 comments from 20 stakeholder groups were received during the public review; of these, 16 were Northern Territory and Australian Government agencies.

In December 2017 the NTEPA released its Assessment Report (including recommendations). Subsequent changes to the planned configuration of the Nolans Project required the completion of a Section 14A variation under the Northern Territory’s Environmental Assessment Administrative Procedures. This was submitted to the NTEPA in June and August 2019 and can be downloaded below. The NTEPA assessed the variation and in a Statement of Reasons document released in September 2019 determined that no further action was required.

The Australian Government’s Department of the Environment and Energy granted approval to Arafura in May 2018 subject to 14 conditions – the approval decision can be viewed here.

EIS Report

Complete Document

Executive Summary

Abbreviations, Glossary and Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: Regulatory Context

Chapter 3: Project Description

Chapter 4: Project Alternatives and Cumulative Impacts

Chapter 5: Risk Assessment

Chapter 6: Consultation

Chapter 7: Surface Water

Chapter 8: Groundwater

Chapter 9: Biodiversity

Chapter 10: Protected Matters under the EPBC Act

Chapter 11: Human Health and Safety

Chapter 12: Radiation

Chapter 13: Air Quality

Chapter 14: Noise and Vibration

Chapter 15: Socio-economics

Chapter 16: Heritage

Chapter 17: Traffic and Transport

Chapter 18: Rehabilitation, Decommissioning and Closure

Chapter 19: References

Appendix A: Terms of Reference

Appendix B: EPBC Advisory Notice

Appendix D: Cross Reference to Terms of Reference

Appendix E: Storage Facility Design Drawings

Appendix F: Risk Register (Environmental)

Appendix G: Risk Register (Social)

Appendix H: Community Consultation Report

Appendix I: Surface Water Report

Appendix J: Flotation TSF Failure Impact Assessment

Appendix K: Ground Water Report

Appendix L: Acid, Metalliferous Drainage Report

Appendix C: Environmental Impact Statement Team

Appendix M: Biodiversity – Flora and Vegetation Report

Appendix N: Biodiversity – Fauna and Threatened Species Report

Appendix O: Human Health and Safety Report

Appendix P: Radiation Report

Appendix Q: Air Report

Appendix R: Noise Report

Appendix S: Social Impact Assessment

Appendix T: Economic Impact Report

Appendix U: Indigenous and Historic Cultural Heritage Assessment

Appendix V: Transport Report

Appendix W: Rehabilitation, Decommissioning and Closure Report

Appendix X: Environmental Management Plan

Appendix X_C: Air and Dust Management Plan

Appendix X_D: Biodiversity Management Plan

Appendix X_E: Cultural Heritage Management Plan

Appendix X_F: Emergency Response Management Plan

Appendix X_G: Fire Management Plan

Appendix X_H: Hazardous Substances Management Plan

Appendix X_I: Waste Management Plan

Appendix X_J: Radiation Management Plan

Appendix X_K: Social Impact Management Plan

Appendix X_L: Water Management Plan

Appendix X_M: Weed Management Plan

EIS Supplement


Supplementary Report

Additional Information

Section 14A Notification


Section 14A Report

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Pathway

The Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Pathway for the electrical power and steam requirements for the Nolans Project was released in January 2023. Click here to read the Greenhouse as Emissions Reduction Pathway in full.


Ground Water Extraction Licence Documents

Mine Pit Dewatering – Letter to Applicant
Mine Pit Dewatering – Decision
Mine Pit Dewatering – L10010
Production Borefield – Signed Notice of Amendment
Production Borefield – Signed License
Production Borefield – Signed Letter to Applicant

Mine Management Plan Documents

Mine Management Plan
Appendix A Weed Management Plan
Appendix B Biodiversity Management Plan
Appendix C Air Quality and Dust Management Plan
Appendix D Waste Management Plan
Appendix E Hazardous Substances Management Plan
Appendix F Erosion and Sediment Control Management Plan
Appendix G Cultural Heritage Management Plan
Appendix H Social Impact Management Plan
Appendix I Emergency Response Management Plan
Appendix J Noise and Vibration Management Plan
Appendix K Radiation Protection and Waste Management Plan
Appendix L Waste Rock Management Plan
Appendix M Mine Site Groundwater Sampling Procedure
Appendix N Surface Water Sampling Procedure
Appendix O Sediment Sampling Procedure
Appendix P Creek Diversion Management Plan
Appendix Q Residue Storage Facility Management Plan
Appendix R Water Management Plan
Appendix S Mine Closure Plan
Appendix T Incident Reporting Template
Appendix U Stakeholder Consultation and Issues Register
Appendix V Risk Assessment
Appendix W Territory Benefits Plan
Appendix X Indigenous Engagement Strategy
Appendix Y Baseline Soil Assessment
Appendix Z Strategic Guidance for Rehabilitated Waste Landforms
Appendix AA Topsoil Management Plan
Appendix BB Surface Water Management Design Report

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Performance Reporting

External performance reports, as required by permitting and legal obligations.

2023/24 Annual Compliance Report – EPBC Approval 2015/7436