The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has concluded its assessment of a proposal by Ten Mile Entrerprises Pty Ltd for a pig abattoir at Springfield in Dorset municipality.
The proposal involves the construction and operation of a facility capable of processing up to 150 pigs per day on a greenfield site approximately 2.6 kilometres south of Scottsdale. The average processing quantity is anticipated to be 120 pigs per day, producing up to a maximum of 2,000 tonnes of product per year. The proposed facility includes an external pen, and a fully enclosed slaughtering and processing space, which includes refrigeration and staff facilities. The proposal also includes wastewater treatment ponds, an upgraded access road, sealed parking, and irrigation of treated wastewater.
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, subject to a number of conditions. The Board requires these conditions to be included in any permit subsequently granted by Dorset Council.
“Various environmental issues were considered by the Board in its assessment, particularly wastewater management, odour, noise and natural values,” Mr Jones said.
“Conditions, including noise limits, have been imposed on the activity to ensure that it does not cause environmental nuisance or harm, particularly for nearby residents,” he said.
“Although odour will be partially managed by containment and removal of solid waste from the site, an approved odour management plan is required prior to commencement of operation, with detailed strategies for managing lagoons and other potential sources of odour.
“Meanwhile, monitoring of the treated wastewater and soil condition will be required, along with a detailed plan for management of wastewater, including its use for irrigation,” said Mr Jones.
The proposal was referred to the Board in June 2020. Twenty two representations were received in relation to the permit application. The environmental issues raised in these representations included odour, water quality and noise. Public consultation was open for a 28 day period from 13 June 2020.
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 the EMPCA, to further the RMPS and EMPCS objectives and, in particular, to use its best endeavours to protect the environment of Tasmania.
The Board undertook the assessment of the proposal in accordance with the Environmental Impact Assessment Principles defined in Section 74 of EMPCA.
The Board’s environmental assessment report, including the environmental conditions, has been issued to Mr Daniel Unwin of Ten Mile Enterprises Pty Ltd and Dorset Council.
The decision by the EPA Board can be viewed on the EPA website at https://epa.tas.gov.au/assessment/assessments/ten-mile-enterprises-pty-ltd-(daniel-unwin)-pig-processing-facility-(abattoir)-ten-mile-track-springfield