The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has concluded its assessment of a proposed quarry at Montgomery’s Rd near Runnymede in the Glamorgan Spring Bay municipality.
Mr Bryden Elliot proposed a Level 2 quarry operation, to produce up to 20,000 cubic metres of crushed dolerite per annum, which would include the extraction of material by ripping and pushing followed by crushing and screening.
The EPA Director, Mr Wes Ford, who made the determination under delegation from the EPA Board, concluded the proposed quarry operation could be developed and managed in an environmentally sustainable and acceptable manner, with certain conditions.
“The EPA requires these conditions to be included in any subsequent permit granted by the Glamorgan Spring Bay Council,” Mr Ford said.
“Various environmental issues were considered in my assessment, particularly the potential for impacts on dwellings in Montgomery’s Road from noise and dust arising from quarry operations.
“A number of conditions have been attached to ensure careful management of noise and dust emissions from the quarry.
“Two conditions, namely covering of vehicles and operating hours, will also serve to limit dust and noise impacts due to transport of quarried materials along Montgomery’s Road, an unsealed route,” said Mr Ford.
One public representation was received in relation to the permit application, which was referred to the Board on 19 March 2015. This was concerning dust and noise arising from cartage of quarried materials along Montgomery’s Road.
The proposal was considered by the 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 Environmental Management and Pollution Control Act 1994 (EMPCA).
The functions of the EPA 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 Director undertook the assessment of the proposal in accordance with the Environmental Impact Assessment Principles defined in Section 74 of the EMPCA.
The Director’s environmental assessment, including the environmental conditions that must be included in any permit, have been forwarded to Glamorgan Spring Bay Council, for review of planning issues prior to making a decision as to whether a permit is to be granted.
The decision by the EPA Director can be viewed on the EPA website at www.epa.tas.gov.au/assessment/completed-assessments