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Two projects gain environmental approval from the EPA

19 January 2010

Proposals to mine a new ore body at the Hellyer mine site south-west of Burnie and to expand a quarrying operation near Launceston have gained environmental approval from Tasmania’s Environment Protection Authority (EPA).

Chair of the EPA Board John Ramsay said the proponents, Bass Metals Ltd and Stornoway Quarrying, had shown that their proposed facilities could be developed and managed in an environmentally acceptable manner.

Both companies have lodged permit applications with the relevant local government authorities, the Waratah-Wynyard Council and the Northern Midlands Council

The EPA Board’s environmental assessments, including the conditions that it requires to be attached to any permit issued, have been forwarded to the councils which will complete the assessment of planning considerations and decide if permits are to be issued.

Mr Ramsay said Bass Metals Ltd proposed to extract and process up to 500,000 tonnes per annum of ore to produce lead, copper and zinc concentrate.

“The proposal will use existing site infrastructure for processing and tailings storage at the existing Hellyer Mine site,” he said.

“Water, ore and tailings management measures show that these issues can be managed satisfactorily through commitments and proposed permit conditions.”

The Stornoway Quarrying proposal seeks to expand the company’s existing quarry at Breadalbane.

Mr Ramsay said Stornoway also plans to build and operate a concrete batching plant and to recycle construction materials and soils at the site.

“The Board examined modelling of the potential impact of noise and blasting of the proposal and is satisfied it can be managed by adherence to the proposed permit conditions and commitments,” he said.

Mr Ramsay said the Board’s Environmental Assessment Reports for both proposals had drawn on expertise from specialist officers supporting the EPA as well as consultation with other agencies and authorities. Issues raised by the public had also been considered.

To view the EPA’s assessment reports and permit conditions for the proposals, go to the EPA website www.epa.tas.gov.au