Alcoa’s Wagerup alumina refinery has gained approval to increase production, despite locals’ health concerns.
AAP reports that nine appeals were lodged against the upgrades to the plant, 130 km south of Perth, by nearby residents. Some have claimed organ failure and cancer.
Compensation and a 10 km buffer zone had been requested.
Albert Jacob, the state’s environment minister, said that there were already enough protections in place, and Alcoa had already done much to not increase emissions.
"Alcoa will also be required to publish the results of its odour and air monitoring on its website to give the community access to the information," said Jacob.
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