The EPA is currently responsible for actively regulating a broad range of quarrying activities associated with the extraction of rock, gravel, sand, clay and a number of other industrial minerals (limestone, dolomite, silica flour etc). These materials are processed by crushing, grinding, milling or separation into different size classes for a broad range of applications Statewide.
Environmental issues associated with quarrying industries include dust and noise (including ground vibration and air blast overpressure impacts associated with blasting), sediment retention, weed control and site rehabilitation compliance requirements.
The State’s major mining industries include both underground and surface operations associated with extraction and processing of base metals, precious metals, iron ore and coal. Mining activities are largely restricted to the West Coast, the North West and North East of Tasmania.
Environmental issues associated with mining operations can include the long term management of tailings dams, waste rock management including acidic and metalliferous mine drainage generation and mitigation, dust and noise emissions, surface and ground water quality, protection of habitat during the development of mining activities and site rehabilitation.
Mining and Extractive Related Publications and Resources
- Quarry Code of Practice 2017
The Quarry Code provides detailed guidelines for the quarry industry covering planning through to site rehabilitation. The 3rd Edition, dated May 2017 replaces the previous 1999 edition of this Code. The revised text updates references to legislation, includes a redrafted noise section, and makes some minor clarifications and deletions, and some content related to Work, Health and Safety has been removed.
- Remediation Programs
The EPA Division co-ordinates major remediation programs at the Mt Lyell and Savage River mine sites. Acidic and metalliferous mine drainage arising from these mines continue to impact the downstream environment.
These guidelines establish a standard for washdown and provide a guide to prescribing its application where codes of practice or other environmental management plans are not in place.
- The Environmental Law Handbook
The Environmental Defenders Office has produced an easy to read, practical guide to Tasmania's environmental protection and planning laws for citizens, local councils, conservation groups, landowners, business operators and regulatory authorities. Chapters 7 to 11 deal with nature conservation issues including mining and quarrying.
- DRP Guideline for the Mining Industry
A guideline for the preparation of a decomissioning and rehabilitation plan for the Tasmanian mining industry.
- BCD Resources Tasmania Mine DRP
BCD Resources(Operations) NL submitted to the EPA the company’s Decommissioning and Rehabilitation Plan (DRP), titled ‘BCD Resources NL (Operations) Tasmania Mine Decommissioning and Rehabilitation Plan dated 20 April 2012’ for the Tasmania mine, Beaconsfield, following notification to the EPA of its intention to cease mining.
Other Relevant Organisations