Rio BIF bid hits EPA hurdle

RIO Tinto’s bid to expand its Brockman 4 Syncline iron ore mine in Western Australia’s Pilbara will be assessed at public environmental review-level after Environmental Protection Authority chairman Tom Hatton deemed detailed assessment was needed to determine the extent of the proposal's direct and indirect impacts.

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The Pilbara Leaf-nosed Bat (Rhinonicteris aurantia) is a cryptic and poorly known species found across the Pilbara and northern Gascoyne bioregions. The species is known to inhabit suitable abandoned mine workings in the east Pilbara.

Rio Tinto, through its subsidiary Hamersley Iron, wants to expand the existing BS4 project and further develop banded iron deposits on the Marra Mambas ridge adjacent to the mine.