Planning and Environmental Approvals
Snowy 2.0 will go through a comprehensive, well established and transparent planning and environmental approvals process. The Kosciuszko National Park (Park) is our backyard. We take our duty to operate the Scheme in an environmentally responsible way very seriously and have a proven track record over many decades.
Only once the relevant approvals are in place can construction of the Project commence. To ensure the environmental impacts of the project are fully and adequately considered throughout the study and beyond, Snowy Hydro engaged an independent expert environmental consultancy firm to undertake a thorough impact assessment.
In New South Wales, we have submitted an application to have the Project declared as Critical State Significant Infrastructure (CSSI) under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (NSW). If the project is declared as CSSI, Snowy Hydro will prepare a comprehensive Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) that will thoroughly address the environmental, social and economic impacts of the Project. This EIS will be available for the public to review and make submissions.
In addition to NSW state planning approvals, it is likely that the Project will require approval from the Commonwealth government under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (Cth).