The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has concluded its assessment of a proposal by Gadtech Materials Pty Ltd for a new quarry at 355 Woodsdale Road, Runnymede in Southern Midlands municipality.
The proposal is to extract and process, by crushing and screening, up to 200,000 cubic metres of rock per annum, with blasting to be undertaken up to 16 times per year.
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 EPA requires these conditions to be included in any permit subsequently granted by the Southern Midlands Council.
“Various environmental issues were considered by the Board in its assessment, particularly noise, water quality, emissions to air and impact on natural values," Mr Ford said.
“A number of conditions have been imposed on the operation of the quarry, including noise limits, buffers to waterways and requirements to manage sediment and dust, he said."
Four representations were received in relation to the permit application during the period of public consultation, which was open for a 28 day period from 24 October 2020. The environmental issues raised in these representations were potential impact of vibration on built structures, water quality, and the need to uphold environmental conditions..
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 Gadtech Materials Pty Ltd and Southern Midlands Council.
The decision by the EPA Director in relation to Gadtech Materials Pty Ltd, Big Blue Quarry, Runnymede is available on this website.