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Bluestone Mines Tasmania, Tailings Storage Facility


EPA Decision Made


The Proposal
Public Exhibition of Documentation
Public Representations
Development Proposal and Environmental Management Plan
DPEMP Guidelines
Notice of Intent
Environmental Assessment Report and EPA Decision
For Further Information

 


The Proposal

Bluestone Mines Tasmania had proposed to construct and operate a tailings storage facility ('D Dam') to receive up to 760,000 tonnes per annum of mine processing waste (tailings) at the Renison Tin Operation at Renison Bell, Tasmania. 

Details of the proposal are available in the Notice of Intent (NOI) which can be viewed below.

The proponent had lodged a permit application with West Coast Council under the Land Use Planning and Approvals Act 1993. The proposal is to be subject to an environmental impact assessment by the Board of the EPA(the Board) in accordance with the Environmental Management and Pollution Control Act 1994 (EMPC Act).

The proponent had referred the proposal to the Australian Government for consideration under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Act 1999 (EPBC Act). The Australian Government has determined that the proposal is a controlled action (EPBC 2012/6448) on the grounds that it is likely to have a significant impact on the following matters of national significance:

  • Nationally listed threatened species and communities (section 18 and 18A of the EPBC Act).

As a controlled action the proposal required assessment and approval by the Commonwealth Environment Minister before it could proceed. The proposal would be assessed by the EPA Board in the manner specified in the Bilateral agreement between the Commonwealth of Australia and the State of Tasmania under Section 45 of the EPBC Act.


Public Exhibition of Documentation

A copy of the permit application, all plans and other documentation submitted with the permit application (including the DPEMP) were made available for public inspection. The public comment period is now closed. 


Development Proposal and Environmental Management Plan

The purpose of the DPEMP is to provide a source of information upon which interested individuals, groups, government agencies and the Board may consider the environmental and planning impacts of the proposal.

The DPEMP was prepared by the proponent on the basis of the project specific guidelines for preparation of an DPEMP which were provided by the Board.

  Bluestone Mines Tasmania, Renison Bell - DPEMP   (6Mb)

  Bluestone Mines Tasmania, Renison Bell - Appendix A - Project Specific Guidelines   (189Kb)

  Bluestone Mines Tasmania, Renison Bell - Appendix B - Planning Report   (1Mb)

  Bluestone Mines Tasmania, Renison Bell - Appendix C - European Heritage Report   (3Mb)

  Bluestone Mines Tasmania, Renison Bell - Appendix C - Kostoglou 1999 Renison Area Cultural Heritage Inventory   (14Mb)

  Bluestone Mines Tasmania, Renison Bell - Appendix D - Aboriginal Heritage Survey   (18Kb)

  Bluestone Mines Tasmania, Renison Bell - Appendix E - Geomorphology Report   (5Mb)

  Bluestone Mines Tasmania, Renison Bell - Appendix F - D Dam Water Balance   (580Kb)

  Bluestone Mines Tasmania, Renison Bell - Appendix G - Hydrogeology Report   (4Mb)

  Bluestone Mines Tasmania, Renison Bell - Appendix H - Geochemistry   (10Mb)

  Bluestone Mines Tasmania, Renison Bell - Appendix I - Ecological Assessment   (15Mb)

  Bluestone Mines Tasmania, Renison Bell - Appendix J - Weed Management and Hygiene Plan   (3Mb)

  Bluestone Mines Tasmania, Renison Bell - Appendix K - Natural Values Atlas   (5Mb)

  Bluestone Mines Tasmania, Renison Bell - Appendix L - Protected Matters Search Tool   (72Kb)

  Bluestone Mines Tasmania, Renison Bell - Appendix M - Receiving Environment Assessment   (2Mb)

  Bluestone Mines Tasmania, Renison Bell - Appendix N - Aquatic ecology survey results   (3Mb)

  Bluestone Mines Tasmania, Renison Bell - Appendix O- Pre-construction Design Report   (21Mb)

  Bluestone Mines Tasmania, Renison Bell - Appendix O - Site Plan   (8Mb)

  Bluestone Mines Tasmania, Renison Bell - Appendix O - Laboratory Test Results   (13Mb)

  Bluestone Mines Tasmania, Renison Bell - Appendix O - Borehole Logs   (22Mb)

  Bluestone Mines Tasmania, Renison Bell - Appendix P - Risk Assessment   (21Kb)

  Bluestone Mines Tasmania, Renison Bell - Appendix Q - Environmental Policy Statement 2014   (365Kb)

  Bluestone Mines Tasmania, Renison Bell - Appendix R - Assumptions and Limitations   (22Kb)​


DPEMP Guidelines

DPEMP Guidelines, prepared by the Board, assist the proponent in preparing the case for assessment. The guidelines identify the key issues which, based on the information in the NOI, are expected to be key issues for the assessment of the proposal.

Public comment was invited on the draft guidelines, the comment period has now closed. The final guidelines have been issued to the proponent.

  Bluestone TSF _DPEMP Guidelines final   (287Kb)

​When a satisfactory case for assessment has been prepared and a permit application lodged with Council, public submissions will be invited on the application.


Notice of Intent

  Bluestone Mines, D Dam Tailings Storage Facility, Renison Bell, NOI   (5Mb)


Environmental Assessment Report and EPA decision

The environmental assessment report has now been completed and can be viewed below. The report contains the permit conditions required by the Board to be included in the land use permit, if a permit is granted, by Council. The Commonwealth Environment Minister will make a separate determination under the EPBC Act.

  Bluestone Mines Tasmania, Renison Bell - EAR   (37Mb)


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