The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has concluded its assessment of a proposal by Gaspersic Contracting Pty Ltd for increased production at its rock processing facility south of Lynchford in West Coast municipality.
The proposal is to increase production to 20,000 cubic metres of rock or gravel per year, with crushing and screening. Material is received at the facility from quarries elsewhere – no material is excavated at the facility itself.
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 West Coast Council.
“Various environmental issues were considered in the assessment, particularly dust, water quality and noise," he said.
“The EPA has imposed conditions to ensure potential emissions are contained and managed appropriately," said Mr Ford.
No representations were received in relation to the permit application. Public consultation was open for a 14 day period from 23 May 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 the 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 West Coast 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/gaspersic-contracting-pty-ltd-intensification-of-rock-processing-facility-mount-jukes-road-lynchford.