Morning Star long-route licence application

Morning Star Gold NL operate a gold mine in Woods Point, north-east of Melbourne.

In October 2018, Morning Star Gold installed a modified wastewater treatment plant.

Under the Environment Protection (Scheduled Premises) Regulations 2017, a works approval application is required before work commences on a wastewater treatment plant.

Morning Star Gold have applied for a long-route licence, under section 20(8) of the Environment Protection Act 1970, where a works approval was required but was not obtained. Morning Star Gold are currently operating the wastewater treatment plant under a section 30A approval issued by EPA.

The proposed licence will allow for the permanent discharge of treated wastewater to Morning Star Creek.

The long route-licence application was accepted on 14 May and advertised on 22 May 2019.

Submissions can be made by emailing works.approvals@epa.vic.gov.au or sent in writing by mail:

EPA Victoria
GPO Box 4395
Melbourne VIC 3001

Submissions are open until 12 June 2019.

A long-route licence is a statutory approval issued by EPA following completion of works where a works approval was required but was not obtained. A licence is required as determined by the Environment Protection (Scheduled Premises) Regulations 2017.

The assessment of a long-route licence application follows the same process as a works approval assessment. At the end of the assessment, the applicant will receive a licence allowing them to operate a scheduled activity subject to certain conditions.

For further information on works approvals and EPA’s works approval process, refer to EPA works approvals (publication 1523).

The Environment Protection Act 1970 requires us to make a decision on a long-route licence within six months of receiving a complete application. We may request further information from the applicant during the process or require an extension of time to complete the assessment.