Seabed mining applicant Chatham Rock Phosphate has welcomed
further information requests from the Environmental
Protection Authority (EPA).
The EPA last week requested additional information from
Chatham Rock, in addition to its May application for a marine
consent to suction-dredge phosphate nodules from the Chatham
When Chatham Rock was contacted and asked if pressure was
coming on to supply more reports, a spokeswoman said
information requests were ''common and part of the process''.
''We've been in close dialogue with the EPA for several
months and there have been several requests for further
information or clarification,'' she said.
Public meetings have been scheduled in Wellington and the
Chatham Islands, with a decision expected from the EPA in
''We see this [latest request] as positive because it helps
clarify things at an earlier stage in the process,'' the
There had been about 240 submissions on the proposal, which
is the second being considered by the EPA, on the issue of
mining in the exclusive economic zone.