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Nyngan Solar Plant Operational Environmental Management Plan

The Operational Environmental Management Plan for the Nyngan Solar Plant has been prepared and implemented in accordance with the Guideline for the Preparation of Environmental Management Plans (Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Natural Resources, 2004).  The plan has been approved by the Director-General and is available below.

Nyngan Solar Plant Construction Environmental Management Plan

First Solar and Consolidated Power Projects (CPP) have prepared a Construction Environmental Management Plan in consultation with the Bogan Shire Council and in accordance with the Guideline for the Preparation of Environmental Management Plans (Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Natural Resources, 2004).

Approval for the plans have been received from the Director-General and the plans will be implemented accordingly.

The Construction Environmental Management Plans for First Solar and CPP are available below and are consistent with the staging report for the project.

Nyngan Solar Plant Environment Assessment

AGL submitted a Scoping Study for the project in June 2012 to the NSW Department of Planning & Infrastructure (DoPI). The project was assessed under the State Significant Development (SSD) guidelines

AGL received Environmental Assessment Requirements (also known as DGRs) from DoPI in late July 2012. Based on these requirements, AGL prepared an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the project, and submitted the EIS to DoPI for adequacy review in late October 2012.

AGL received comments back from agency stakeholders in December 2012, and submitted a revised EIS in February 2013.

The EIS was placed on public exhibition from 14 March to 15 April 2013. Nine submissions were received during the exhibition period, including eight submissions from government agencies and one public submission.

AGL prepared a Submissions Report in response to the submissions. This report was submitted to DoPI in June 2013.

DoPI referred the project to the Planning Assessment Commission (PAC) for final determination and the project was approved on 15 July 2013. As part of the project approval, the PAC has specified the conditions of approval by which AGL must:

  • Prevent, minimise, and/or offset adverse environmental impacts.
  • Comply with standards and environmental performance measures for the project.
  • Establish monitoring programs and provide regular reporting.
  • Provide for ongoing environmental management of the project.

A copy of the approval conditions is available here.

The EIS, submissions, the Submissions Report and the Project Approval are available below and also on the DoPI website.

Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act

AGL submitted a referral under the EPBC Act for the Nyngan Solar Plant project to the Federal Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities. DSEWPAC determined that the proposed action is not a controlled action. This means that the project does not require further assessment and approval under the EPBC Act before it can proceed. Additional information is available on the DSEWPAC website.

Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Referral

 

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