The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has concluded its assessment of a proposal by Greenham Tasmania Pty Ltd for a new boiler at its Smithton abattoir in Circular Head municipality.
The proposal is to operate a 10MW woodchip boiler at Greenham's abattoir at 2 & 4 Bacon Factory Road in Smithton. The boiler will replace an existing 10MW boiler, fuelled by coal and pyrethrum briquettes, which is approaching the end of its working life. The boiler will be used to produce steam for rendering plant cookers and hot water production for factory operations.
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 Circular Head Council.
“Various environmental issues were considered in the assessment, particularly air and noise emissions from the new boiler," Mr Ford said.
“Specific conditions in the permit related to these emissions will ensure that environmental values are protected," he said.
No representations were received in relation to the permit application. Public consultation was open for a 14 day period from 10 March 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 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 the Act.
The Director's environmental assessment report, including the environmental conditions, has been issued to the proponent and Circular Head Council for their information.
The decision by the EPA Director in relation to Greenham Tasmania Pty Ltd, Smithton Abattoir and Rendering Plant, Boiler Replacement, Bacon Factory Road, Smithton can be viewed on this website.