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EPA considers proposal for a tyre storage and processing facility at Mowbray

The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has concluded its assessment of a proposal by Phoenix Rubber Pty Ltd for an end of life (ELT) tyre storage and processing facility at 8 Cavalry Road, Mowbray in the Launceston City Council municipality.

The proposal involves the delivery and storage of up to 1500 tonnes of end of life (waste) tyres in outdoor storage on a block of land within an industrial area of Launceston. Also proposed is a purpose built shed for a tyre shredder and moulding plant to process up to 8640 tonnes per annum of waste tyres, including storage for another 10 tonnes of tyres awaiting processing.

The EPA Director, Mr Wes Ford, who made the determination under delegation from the EPA Board, concluded the proposed development could be managed in an environmentally sustainable and acceptable manner, with certain conditions. The EPA requires these conditions to be included in any permit subsequently granted by the Launceston City Council.

“Various environmental issues were considered by the Board in its assessment, particularly noise and fire management," said Mr Ford.

“Noise emission limits and operating hours have been imposed to manage potential noise issues, and restrictions on tyre stacking have been imposed along with the requirements for secure fencing around the site," he said.

“In addition, the proponent is required to develop a Fire Management and Response Plan to mitigate potential fire risks and allow an appropriate response in the event of a fire and subsequent clean up," Mr Ford said.

One representation was received in relation to the permit application, which was referred to the Board in August 2017. The environmental issues raised in this representation was fire management. Public consultation was open for a 14 day period commencing 3 February 2018.

The proposal was considered by the Director in the context of the sustainable development objectives of the Resource Management and Planning System of Tasmania (RMPS), and in the context of the objectives of the Environmental Management and Pollution Control System (EMPCS) established by the Environmental Management and Pollution Control Act 1994 (EMPCA).

The functions of the EPA are to administer and enforce the provisions of EMPCA, and in particular to use its best endeavours to protect the environment of Tasmania, and to further the RMPS and EMPCS objectives.

The Director undertook the assessment of the proposal in accordance with the Environmental Impact Assessment Principles defined in Section 74 of the Act.

The Director's environmental assessment, including the environmental conditions that must be included in any permit, have been forwarded to Launceston City Council, for review of planning issues prior to making a decision as to whether a permit is to be granted.

The decision by the EPA Director can be viewed on the EPA website at http://epa.tas.gov.au/assessment/completed-assessments