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The Hon. Peter Garrett MP
Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts

Comment invited on Christmas Island mining

Media Release
10 July 2009
PG/305

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Environment Minister Peter Garrett has invited the public to comment on information relating to the proposed phosphate mining expansion on Christmas Island.

The supplementary submission by Phosphate Resources Limited is additional information to be considered in a new assessment of the proposal.

The Federal Court ruled in 2008 that a decision by the previous environment minister to refuse the expansion be set aside because of administrative errors. Mr Garrett must now make a fresh decision.

"Phosphate Resources has provided further information it wishes to have considered during this new assessment," Mr Garrett said.

"I have decided to make this information available to the public for 10 business days for viewing and comment.

"Christmas Island contains a great wealth of biodiversity-it also presents unique environmental challenges.

"This comment period gives the public an opportunity to raise concerns about this additional information in relation to any potential impacts of the proposal on the island's environment. This includes impacts on species and the marine environment, as well as on social and economic matters.

"Comments will be taken into consideration when I make my decision on whether or not to approve the expansion of the mining operations."

The public comment period ends on 23 July 2009.

Further information can be found at: www.environment.gov.au/epbc/

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