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BHP Iron Ore

EPBC Act Strategic Environmental Assessment

Annual Environmental Report

July 2021 - June 2022

BHP Iron Ore - EPBC SEA Annual Environmental Report - July 2021 to June 2022

Contents

1

Introduction

1

2

EPBC SEA Approval Decision

2

3

EPBC SEA Program Part B

5

4

EPBC SEA Assurance Plan

6

5

EPBC SEA Offsets Plan

7

6

Program Decisions and Disturbance

9

7

Validation Notices

12

7.1

Mining Area C

12

7.1.1

Validation Notice Deviations

12

7.1.2

Program Matter Monitoring and Outcomes for FY2022

12

7.1.3

Land Disturbance Reconciliation

14

7.1.4

Population Monitoring

19

7.1.5

Hydrological Regimes

26

7.1.6

Management Commitments

28

7.1.7

Offsets

28

7.2

Jimblebar Optimisation Project

29

7.2.1

Validation Notice Deviations

29

7.2.2

Program Matter Monitoring and Outcomes for FY22

29

7.2.3

Population Monitoring

29

7.2.4

Land Disturbance Reconciliation

30

7.2.5

Management Commitments

32

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Abbreviations

Term

Meaning

AER

Annual Environmental Report

AWT

Above water table

BHP

BHP Iron Ore Pty Ltd

DAWE

Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment

DBCA

Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions

DoEE

Department of Environment and Energy (now DAWE)

DWER

Department of Water and Environmental Regulation

Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999

EPBC

ELOR

Environmental Legal Obligations Register

FY

Financial Year

GIS

Geographical Information Systems

ha

Hectares

MAC

Mining Area C

MAR

Managed Aquifer Recharge

MS

Ministerial Statement

ng/g

Nanogram per gram

OB

Orebody

PEAHR

Project Environmental and Aboriginal Heritage Review

SEA

Strategic Environmental Assessment

WA

Western Australian

WAIO

Western Australian Iron Ore

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  • Introduction

The BHP Iron Ore Pty Ltd (BHP) Pilbara Strategic Assessment Program (the Program) was endorsed by the Minister for the Environment and Energy on 11 May 2017 and an Approval Decision (the Approval) for taking actions in accordance with the Program was issued on 19 June 2017.

The Approval applies to the development of new iron ore mines and associated infrastructure and the expansion of existing iron ore mines and associated infrastructure within a defined Strategic Assessment Area in the Pilbara region of Western Australia (Figure 1.1). Key commitments of the Program and conditions of the Approval include preparation and Approval of an Assurance Plan and Offsets Plan, and undertaking a validation process including preparation of a Validation Notice for each Notifiable Action (Figure 1.2) and BHP internal Decision Reports for non-Notifiable Actions.

In accordance with the conditions of the approval decision relating to the Program, BHP is hereby submitting an annual report for the reporting period between 1 July 2020 and 30 June 2021. An outline of the content of the report is provided below:

  • Section 1: Introduction - Provides the Approval background and key terminology.
  • Section 2: Approval Decision - Outlines compliance with the conditions of the Approval.
  • Section 3: Program - Addresses the requirements of an annual report outlined in Part B, Chapter 5 of the endorsed Program.
  • Section 4: Assurance Plan - Addresses the reporting requirements outlined in the Assurance Plan.
  • Section 5: Offsets Plan - Addresses the reporting requirements outlined in the Offsets Plan.
  • Section 6: Validation Notices - Outlines compliance with obligations within the Validation Notices.
  • Section 7: Disturbance - Details the disturbance undertaken during the reporting period.

During the FY2021 to FY2022 reporting period:

  • there were no validation processes completed during the reporting period (see Section 6);
  • there were no non-notifiable action decisions during the reporting period (see Section 6); and
  • there were no exclusions under Section 2.3 of the Program assessed during the reporting period (see Section 6).

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