The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has concluded its assessment of a proposal by BioMar Pty Ltd for an aquacultural feed mill in the Latrobe municipality.
The proposal involves the construction and operation of an Aquaculture Feed Mill to produce feed pellets for the aquaculture industry. The mill will be capable of producing up to 110,000 tonnes per year of feed products, processing up to 19 tonnes of raw material per hour.
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 Latrobe Council.
“Various environmental issues were considered by the Board in its assessment, particularly odour emissions. The Board has determined the proposal is unlikely to result in environmental nuisance or harm from odour emissions and has imposed a framework to ensure this expectation is achieved. This includes the requirements to develop an Odour Management Plan and the conduct of odour survey(s),” Mr Jones said.
No representations were received in relation to the permit application. Public consultation was open for a 28 day period commencing 7 April 2018.
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 (the EMPC Act).
The functions of the Board are to administer and enforce the provisions of the EMPC Act, 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 Latrobe 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 http://epa.tas.gov.au/assessment/completed-assessments.