The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has concluded its assessment of a proposal by BG & JM Barwick Pty Ltd for a composting facility in Bridgewater, Brighton municipality.
The composting facility will receive green waste, pine bark, wood waste and other non-putrescible organic waste, producing up to 2,000 tonnes of mature compost and 500 tonnes of potting mix each year.
The EPA Director, Mr Wes Ford, made the determination under delegation from the EPA Board. He concluded the proposed development could be managed in an environmentally sustainable and acceptable manner, with certain conditions. The Board requires these conditions to be included in any permit subsequently granted by the Brighton Council.
“Various environmental issues were considered in the assessment, particularly odour emissions and the management of compost leachate," said Mr Ford.
“The proponent will be required to manage the site to ensure odour does not cause an environmental nuisance," he said.
“Leachate will be managed through various conditions, including the design and construction of the composting pad and ensuring there is no discharge of leachate from the site," Mr Ford said.
No representations were received in relation to the permit application. Public consultation was open for a 28 day period from 21 March 2020.
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 EMPCA.
The Director's environmental assessment report, including the environmental conditions, has been issued to the proponent, Brighton Council for their information.
The decision by the EPA Director can be viewed on the EPA website at https://epa.tas.gov.au/assessment/assessments/b-g-and-g-m-barwick-pty-ltd-bridgewater-compost-facility-midland-highway