The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has concluded its assessment of a proposal by CLTP Panel Products Pty Ltd for a Cross Laminated Timber Panel Facility at Waterworth St, Wynyard.
The proposal is to increase capacity of a Cross Laminated Timber Panel facility in Wynyard, from 1,000m3 to 10,000 m3 per year of manufactured timber product. The cross laminated timber manufacturing process involves planing and gluing together timber boards from plantation Eucalyptus nitens, to produce structural building panels.
The EPA Director, Wes Ford, made the determination under delegation from the EPA Board. He concluded the proposed development can 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 Waratah Wynyard Council.
“Various environmental issues were considered in the assessment, particularly noise and dust emissions" Mr Ford said.
“These issues can be managed adequately by the operator, according to the following requirements," he said.
“Noise emissions must be contained, and any dust emissions from processing must be captured within the existing facility," said Mr Ford.
No representations were received in relation to the permit application. Public consultation was open for a 14 day period from 31 August 2019.
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 (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 and Waratah Wynyard Council.
The decision by the EPA Director can be viewed on the EPA website at https://epa.tas.gov.au/assessment/assessments/cltp-panel-products-pty-ltd-wynyard-cltp-facility-wynyard