The EPA Board has concluded its assessment of the proposed expansion of a quarry near Tarraleah in Tasmania’s Central Highlands.
Central Highlands Council referred a development application to increase the extraction rate and to process 20,000 cubic metres per year of basalt.
The Chair of the EPA Board Warren Jones says 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 stormwater management and noise.
“The Board has required the company to ensure the size of the quarry’s existing sediment pond is adequate to capture and treat flows likely from a 1 in 20 year storm event,” 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 the objectives of the Environmental Management and Pollution Control System (EMPCS) established by the Environmental Management and Pollution Control Act 1994 (the Act).
The EPA Board’s environmental assessment, including the environmental conditions that must be included in any permit, have been forwarded to Central Highlands 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 can be viewed on the Assessments page of the EPA website