The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has concluded its assessment of the proposal by Huon Valley Council for intensification of use of Lords Quarry, Pelverata Rd, Upper Woodstock in the Huon Valley municipality.
The proposal is to intensify the use of an existing dolerite quarry off Pelverata Rd, Upper Woodstock to a maximum annual output of 20 000m3. The proposal will involve crushing and screening operations with material continuing to be extracted using an excavator.
The Chair of the EPA Board, Mr Warren Jones, said 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 Huon Valley Council.
“Various environmental issues were considered by the Board in its assessment, particularly noise and dust impacts," Mr Jones said.
“Noise limits for daytime, evening and night time have been imposed, and dust emissions from the activity must not go beyond the boundary of the activity," he said.
“In addition, traffic areas on the land must be dampened as necessary to limit the likelihood of dust nuisance from truck movements," said Mr Jones.
Ten representations were received in relation to the permit application, and were referred to the Board in February 2018. The environmental issues raised were impacts associated with noise and dust, including those associated with truck movements. Public consultation was open for a 14-day period commencing 26 January 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 (EMPCA).
The functions of the Board are to administer and enforce the provisions of EMPCA, 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 Huon Valley 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.
For more information please contact EPA Communications Coordinator on 0428 202 622