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EPA considers proposal for increase in materials handling, Calder Road Sand Washery

​​​The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has concluded its assessment of a proposal by D J Rowell for an increase in materials handling at Calder Road, Wynyard in the Waratah-Wynyard municipality.

The proponent intends to increase the quantity of sand that is washed on site. The currently operating sand washery has an approved tailings dam and settling pond. The sand will be extracted from the existing mining lease area, as well as being brought in from a nearby, smaller scale extraction area. The imported sand will be transported by truck, washed on site and then exported for use in the construction industry.

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 stormwater management, potential impacts on a listed vegetation community and noise", Mr Ford said.

“Stormwater will be managed through the installation of appropriate infrastructure, and the hours of operation have been set to address any potential noise impacts," he said.

“The EPA also requires the proponent to rehabilitate existing, unused cleared land within the mining lease to assist in managing vegetation impacts," said Mr Ford.

One representation was received in relation to the permit application. The environmental issues raised in these representations included potential stormwater impacts on natural waterways on the site. Public consultation was open for a 21 day period from 7 December 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 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, Waratah-Wynyard Council and those who made a representation for their information.

The decision by the EPA Director in relation to D J Rowell Sand Washery - Increase in Production, 791 Calder Road, Wynyard​ can be viewed on this website.