Australia

EPA denies carbon pressure from WA premier

WA's environmental regulator has denied Premier Mark McGowan "leaned" on him. (AAP)

The WA premier never "leaned" on the environmental regulator to force a backdown on its recommendation that new emissions-intensive projects be carbon neutral.

The head of Western Australia's environmental regulator has denied Premier Mark McGowan leaned on him to withdraw a recommendation that new emissions-intensive projects should be carbon neutral.

After meeting with industry representatives on Thursday, Mr McGowan spoke with Environmental Protection Authority chairman Tom Hatton, then announced the agency had dropped its recommendation and would consult more with the sector.

"He did not ask me to withdraw the guidelines. He asked me to consider whether further consultation was merited and I agreed with him that it was," Dr Hatton told 6PR radio on Friday.

Dr Hatton said he was worried there was an appearance that the EPA's independence had been compromised, but stressed that was not the case.

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