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EPA considers proposal for a finfish broodstock facility, Bagdad

The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has concluded its assessment of a proposal by Tasmanian Eel Exporters Pty Ltd for a finfish broodstock facility in Southern Midlands municipality.

The proposed facility in Bagdad will hold salmon for the purpose of producing fish eggs with a maximum holding biomass of 13 tonnes. It will operate in an existing recirculating aquaculture facility currently used to grow out eels, hence no additional infrastructure is proposed.

The EPA Director, Wes Ford made the determination under delegation from the EPA Board and concluded the proposed development could be managed in an environmentally sustainable and acceptable manner, with certain conditions. The Board has determined to grant an Environmental Licence which, when issued to Tasmanian Eel Exporters, will include the conditions with which the activity must comply.

“Various environmental issues were considered in the environmental impact assessment, particularly water quality, solid waste management, air emissions and noise emissions," Mr Ford said.

“Conditions will be imposed in the Licence which require wastewater and solid waste to be monitored, appropriately stored and disposed of, including specific mitigation measures to minimise odour emissions," he said.

“The EPA has also placed noise limits on the operation of the facility," said Mr Ford.

No representations were received in relation to the proposal. Public consultation was open for a 14 day period from 13 October 2018.

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 EMPCA, to further the RMPS and EMPCS objectives and, in particular, to use its best endeavours to protect the environment of Tasmania.

The Director undertook the assessment of the proposal in accordance with the Environmental Impact Assessment Principles defined in Section 74 of the Act. The Director's environmental assessment report, including the environmental conditions, has been issued to the proponent and Southern Midlands Council for their information.

The decision by the EPA Director can be viewed on the EPA website at http://epa.tas.gov.au/assessment/completed-assessments