Burrup petroglyph protection push

WESTERN Australia’s Environment Minister Stephen Dawson is considering tightening the environmental conditions for the Technical Ammonium Nitrate production facility owned by Yara Pilbara (55%) and Orica (45%) on the Burrup Peninsula, to protect nearby rock art.

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A view of the TAN plant from Deep Gorge

He has requested a change to the TAN plant's environmental conditions in regards to air quality, in response to the recent report by the Senate Environment and Communications References Committee into the protection of Aboriginal rock art on the Burrup Peninsula.

The report looked at the emissions monitoring process and the report on which the conditions for the plant were based.

The implementation condition in question concerns air quality, with Yara obliged to "adopt and implement best practice pollution control technology as determined by the Chief Executive Officer of the Department of Environment and Conservation on advice of the CEO to minimise all relevant emissions from the TANPF ammonium nitrate prilling plant".

The TAN plant was built on the Burrup, ...