The EPA is currently responsible for actively regulating over 60 wood processing activities. This includes a broad range of industrial activities including sawmilling, veneer mills, woodchipping operations, integrated wood processing centres, wood preservation plants, and pulp and paper manufacturing.
Typical environmental issues associated with these industries include noise and atmospheric emissions (associated with boilers), effluent discharge management, odour (associated with paper manufacturing), site contamination, wood waste management and treated effluent sludge management/disposal.
Wood Processing And Pulp Related Publications and Resources
- Sawmill Environmental Code of Practice
The purpose of this Code is to document acceptable environmental standards for sawmills.
- Management of Planned Burning
- 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. Chapter 8 in particular, discusses forestry operations in great detail.
Other Relevant Organisations
- Forest Practices Authority
Forestry operations conducted on public land or on private land, where forestry is a permitted activity under the Forest Practices Act 1985 are overseen by the Forest Practices Authority. The EPA Board and the Forest Practices Authority have signed an MoU to provide greater clarity.