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EPA considers proposal for Muddy Plains Rd quarry, Melton Mowbray

The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) concluded its assessment of a proposed quarry off Muddy Plains Rd, Melton Mowbray in the Southern Midlands municipality.

Under the proposal, Hazell Bros Group Pty Ltd (Hazell Bros) intends to produce up to 70,000 cubic metres (112,000 tonnes) of crushed dolerite per annum. Hazell Bros plans to extract material by drilling and blasting, followed by crushing and screening.

EPA Tasmania Deputy General Manager, Mr John Mollison made the determination under delegation from the EPA Board and concluded that the proposed quarry operation could be developed and 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 Southern Midlands Council.

Mr Mollison said that although no public representations were received in relation to the proposal, various environmental issues were considered particularly the potential impacts of dust and noise arising from the quarry operations on a nearby dwelling on Muddy Plains Road.

"A number of conditions have been attached, to ensure careful management of noise and dust emissions from the quarry," said Mr Mollison.

"Two conditions, namely setting of limits for noise emissions and covering of vehicles, will also serve to limit noise and dust impacts due to extractive operations and the transport of quarried materials along Muddy Plains Road, which is an unsealed route," he said.

The proposal was considered by the delegate 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, and in particular to use its best endeavours to protect the environment of Tasmania, and to further the RMPS and EMPCS objectives.

The delegate undertook the assessment of the proposal in accordance with the Environmental Impact Assessment Principles defined in Section 74 of the EMPCA.

The delegate’s environmental assessment, including the environmental conditions that must be included in any permit, have been forwarded to Southern Midlands Council, for review of planning issues prior to making a decision as to whether a permit is to be granted.

The decision by the delegate can be viewed on the EPA website at epa.tas.gov.au/assessment/completed-assessments

The Environment Protection Authority acknowledges the Tasmanian Aboriginal people as the traditional custodians of lutruwita (Tasmania) and pays respect to their Elders, past and present.