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EPA Board considers proposal for Southern Midlands Council quarry upgrade

11 February 2015

The EPA Board has concluded its assessment of the proposed expansion of a quarry off Interlaken Rd near Oatlands.

Southern Midlands Council referred a development application to increase the extraction rate and to process 15,000 cubic metres per year of dolerite and sedimentary rocks.

The Chair of the EPA Board Warren Jones said the Board has decided the intended quarry upgrade could be developed and managed in an environmentally sustainable and acceptable manner, with certain conditions.

Mr. Jones said the Board gave consideration to various environmental aspects about the quarry’s operation, particularly flora, fauna and noise.

“The Board has required that a thorough flora and fauna survey in nearby remnant eucalypt forest be completed and considered before some aspects of the expansion can proceed,” Mr. Jones said.

The Board has also required a number of conditions to manage drilling and blasting at the quarry, particularly with respect to noise and ground vibration.

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

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

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 EPA Board’s environmental assessment, including the environmental conditions that must be included in any permit, have been forwarded to Southern Midlands Council. As is usual procedure, the Council will review planning issues before deciding whether a permit is to be granted.

The decision by the EPA Board will be available to be viewed on the EPA website.

Go to: the Assessments Page on the EPA website