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EPA considers proposal from TasWater for Swansea Dam Upgrade - Borrow Pits, Swansea

​​The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has concluded its assessment of a proposed borrow pit and screening operation in Glamorgan-Spring Bay municipality.

The proposal is for the extraction of 100,000m3 of clay material from two borrow pits and an existing spoil mound. Up to 50,000m3 of material will be screened and the material will be used to repair the adjacent Swansea Dam.

The EPA Tasmania Deputy Director, Martin Read, 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 Glamorgan-Spring Bay Council.

“Various environmental issues were considered by the Board in its assessment, particularly dust and noise emissions from the extraction activities and stormwater management," Dr Read said.

No representations were received in relation to the permit application, which was referred to the Board in November, 2017. Public consultation was open for a 14 day period commencing 24th February, 2018.

The proposal was considered by the Deputy 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 EMPC Act.

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

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

The Deputy Director's environmental assessment, including the environmental conditions​ that must be included in any permit, have been forwarded to Glamorgan-Spring Bay 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 Tasmania Deputy Director can be viewed on the EPA webste at: 

 http://epa.tas.gov.au/assessment/completed-assessments