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EPA considers proposal for an aqua feed mill at Westbury

The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has concluded its assessment of a proposed aqua feed mill within the Valley Central Industrial Precinct at Westbury in the Meander Valley municipality.

The proposal by Ridley Agriproducts Pty Ltd involves the construction and operation of an Aqua Feed Mill to manufacture extruded aqua feed. The mill will be capable of producing 50,000 tonnes per year or 12 tonnes (12,000 kilograms) per hour of finished feed.

The Chair of the EPA Board, Warren Jones, said that the Board concluded the proposed development could be managed in an environmentally sustainable and acceptable manner, with certain conditions. The EPA requires these conditions to be included in any permit subsequently granted by the Meander Valley Council.

“Various environmental issues were considered by the Board in its assessment, particularly odour emissions,” said Mr Jones.

“The Board determined the proposal is unlikely to result in environmental nuisance or harm from odour emissions and has imposed a framework to ensure this, including requirements to comply with an Odour Management Plan and odour surveys,” he said.

One representation was received in relation to the permit application, which was referred to the Board in July 2017. The environmental issues raised in these representations were odour and stormwater. Public consultation was open for a 28 day period commencing 16 September 2017.

The proposal was considered by the Board 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 Board are to administer and enforce the provisions of EMPCA, and in particular to use its best endeavours to protect the environment of Tasmania, and to further the RMPS and EMPCS objectives.

The Board undertook the assessment of the proposal in accordance with the Environmental Impact Assessment Principles defined in Section 74 of the Act.

The Board’s environmental assessment, including the environmental conditions that must be included in any permit, have been forwarded to the Meander Valley Council, for review of planning issues prior to making a decision as to whether a permit is to be granted.

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

The Environment Protection Authority acknowledges the Tasmanian Aboriginal people as the traditional custodians of lutruwita (Tasmania) and pays respect to their Elders, past and present.