The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has concluded its assessment of a proposal by M A & E A Downward for an increase in the annual production limit of an existing quarry at Clifton Vale Road, accessed from Mauriceton Lane, Dysart in the Southern Midlands municipality.
The proposal is to increase production to a maximum of 10,000 cubic metres per annum, with operation 7am-7pm Monday-Friday and 8am-4pm Saturday.
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 Southern Midlands Council.
“Various environmental issues were considered by the Board in its assessment, particularly natural values, noise emissions and air and water quality," said Mr Ford.
“Public consultation was open for a 14 day period commencing 8 November 2017," he said.
“One representation was received in relation to the permit application, however it did not raise environmental issues," said Mr Ford.
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 Southern Midlands 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