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Submissions on CRP marine consent application available

EPA update: Submissions on CRP marine consent application available

The submissions received on the application by Chatham Rock Phosphate Ltd for a marine consent to mine phosphate nodules from the Chatham Rise are now available for viewing on the EPA website.

The submission period closed on 10 July 2014. The EPA received 279 submissions and 79 submitters wish to be heard by the Decision-making Committee.

The breakdown is as follows: 95 support the proposal, three are neutral and 181 oppose.

Public submissions are an important part of the publicly notified application process. All the submissions received on the CRP application will be considered by the Decision-making Committee that has been appointed to make a decision on the application.

Click on the link below to access the submissions:

http://www.epa.govt.nz/EEZ/chatham_rock_phosphate/Pages/default.aspx

Fyi: the timeline below outlines key dates for the processing of the application by CRP for a marine consent.

Timeline
Hearing begins4 September 2014*
Hearing to close (last possible date)30 October 2014*
Decision due (20 working days after the close of the hearing)27 November 2014*
Decision released by EPAAs soon as practicable after decision made

*Please note that under the EEZ Act the EPA has the power to waive compliance with the timeframes. The dates are therefore subject to change.


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