The state’s environmental watchdog is calling for public submissions on a controversial deep water port off the Exmouth coast. The Environmental Protection Authority announced on Monday it would be receiving public submissions on the draft environmental scoping document for the Gascoyne Gateway marine facility for four weeks. The facility is a single-jetty deepwater port capable of servicing vessels from the navy, cruise ships and private yachts in the Exmouth Gulf and would be run on renewable energy. A public record released by the EPA in July stated the proposed clearing of up to 259ha of native vegetation and fauna habitat could have potential impacts to subterranean fauna and impacts to social surroundings. “Several preliminary key environmental factors require assessment due to the high biological and social significance of the area,” it stated. “Further information and detailed assessment is required to determine the extent of the proposal's direct and indirect impacts and how the environmental issues could be managed.” Gascoyne Gateway managing director Michael Edwards in July said the organisation was committed to setting a new benchmark in marine environmental management. “We will avoid extracting water from the local aquifers by creating our own desalinated water, potentially producing drinkable water to support the local community and reducing existing impacts on subterranean fauna,” he said. Mr Edwards said the port would also establish proper management of vessel movement in the gulf and reduce marine traffic impact on the Exmouth Gulf. The EPA will be accepting submissions until closing on December 13.