After consent was granted for seabed mining off South Taranaki, Chatham Rock Phosphate mining company chief executive Chris Castle, who's application was recently denied by the Environmental Protection Agency, says the decision doesn't set a precedent.
"Each application stands on its own merits, and we're confident our application will do so."
The environmental impact of his company's proposed operation near the Chatham Islands would not be significant, Mr Castle told Morning Report.
Eight-five percent of the material lifted off the sea floor is returned, he says. "Over time it will not be apparent we were there."
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