A proposal to allow an existing landfill to accept Asbestos Containing Material (ACM) has been considered by the EPA Board.
Echo Projects Pty Ltd proposes to dispose of Asbestos Containing Material into an existing inert landfill located at Minna Road in Heybridge in the north-west of the state.
The existing landfill site was approved for inert waste disposal in 2006.
EPA Chair John Ramsay said the Board has concluded that the proposal is capable of being managed in an environmentally acceptable manner, provided certain conditions are met.
“The major environmental issue for the proposal is to ensure that fibres from Asbestos Containing Material (ACM) do not impact upon the community,” Mr Ramsay said.
“The Board’s decision gave a particular focus on ensuring that ACM was properly contained.”
“Any material containing asbestos which is transported to the site must comply with Workplace Standards Tasmania requirements which include heavy duty packaging.”
“Deliveries are only permitted under suitable weather conditions and each delivery must be met on site for unloading and immediate burial under at least 300mm of inert material.”
The DPEMP was released for public comment for a 28-day period in April and May this year and the Burnie City Council received 49 representations, including 46 letters that raised the same issues.
“Issues raised included air emissions, health impacts, water emissions, consideration of alternative sites, contaminants, dust and noise,” Mr. Ramsay said.
“The Board considered the evaluation of environmental issues associated with the proposal and has decided to adopt the draft Environmental Assessment Report for the proposal, with conditions.”
The proposal was considered by the Board 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 Board undertook the assessment of the proposal in accordance with the Environmental Impact Assessment Principles defined in Section 74 of the EMPC Act.
The Board members who made the decision were John Ramsay (Chair), Ian Abernethy (Deputy Chair), Louise Cherrie, Helen Locher, Alex Schaap (Director of the EPA) Members.
The EPA Board’s environmental assessment, including the environmental conditions that must be included in any permit, have been forwarded to Burnie City Council. The Council will review planning issues before deciding whether a permit is to be granted.
The detailed assessment report on the proposal, the environmental conditions and the decision by the EPA Board is available here