The Acting EPA Director has concluded his assessment of a proposed gravel quarry on Flinders Island.
Flinders Council proposed to develop a quarry involving the extraction of up to 10,000 cubic metres and screening of up to 6,000 cubic metres per year of gravel from land approximately 4 kilometres north-west of Emita.
The activity will involve the quarrying of a gravel deposit on vegetated land, without any blasting or crushing.
Under delegation from the EPA Board, Acting EPA Director John Mollison has decided the quarry could be developed and managed in an environmentally sustainable and acceptable manner, with certain conditions.
“I gave consideration to various environmental issues, particularly the potential for disturbance to threatened vegetation communities and flora species,” Mr. Mollison said.
Mr. Mollison said no public representations were received in relation to the permit application, which was submitted in 11 February 2015. Public consultation was open for a 14 day period commencing 4 March 2015.
The proposal was considered by the Acting 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 EMPC Act.
The functions of the EPA 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 environmental assessment, including the environmental conditions that must be included in any permit, have been forwarded to the Flinders Council, for review of planning issues prior to making a decision as to whether a permit is to be granted. The decision can be viewed on the Completed Assessments page on the EPA website