Bluestone Mines Tasmania Joint Venture Pty Ltd, Rentails Project, Renison Bell

Current Stage

Public Comment Closed on Draft Guidelines

Proposal Details

Client: Bluestone Mines Tasmania Joint Venture Pty Ltd

Premises: Renison Bell Mine, Renison Bell 7469

Activity: Tailings reprocessing plant

Class of Assessment: 2C

Important Dates

Assessment Commenced: 29/9/2017

Draft Guidelines Opened for Public Comment: 10/2/2018

Draft Guidelines Closed for Public Comment: 25/2/2018

​​​​The Pro​posal

Bluestone Mines Tasmania Joint Venture has proposed to construct and operate a materials processing plant and associated minerals extraction and waste deposition activity. The proposal includes the extraction of materials from the existing A-B and C tailings dams at its Renison Bell site on the West Coast prior to processing them to produce low-grade tin and copper flotation concentrates. The concentrates will then be fumed in a purpose-built smelter on site. Waste (tailings) will initially be directed to the existing approved D-Dam. The proposal also includes the refurbishment of A-B and C dams for processed tailings deposition. Details of the proposal are available in the Notice of Intent (NOI) which can be viewed below.

The proponent intends to lodge a permit application with West Coast Council under the Land Use Planning and ​Appro​vals 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 Environ​​mental Management and Pollution Control Act 1994 (EMPC Act).

The proponent has 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 reference number 2017/8064) on the grounds that it is likely to have a significant impact on the following matters of national significance:

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

As a controlled action the proposal requires assessment and approval by the Commonwealth Environment Minister before it can proceed. The proposal will 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.

Draft DPEMP Guidelines and Public Submissions

A copy of the permit application, and of 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. 

  Bluestone Mines Tasmania Joint Venture Pty Ltd, Rentails Project, Renison Bell - Draft DPEMP Guidelines   (879Kb)

Following the public comment period, the proponent was required by the Board to prepare a DPEMP Supplement to address issues raised in public and government agency consultation. 

Notice of Intent

  Bluestone Mines Tasmania Joint Venture Pty Ltd, Rentails Project, Renison Bell - NOI   (2Mb)