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EPA considers proposal for quarry upgrade, Kapai Ridge, Scottsdale

​​​The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has concluded its assessment of a proposal by Sustainable Timbers Tasmania to increase production at its existing quarry at Kapai Ridge, Scottsdale.

The proposal relates to an existing quarry used by Sustainable Timber Tasmania for road materials in the North East of Tasmania. The proposal is to produce 10,000 cubic metres (approximately 16,000 tonnes) per annum of rock and gravel. The process involves crushing and screening and includes one blast per annum if required.

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. These conditions are included in an Environment Protection Notice (EPN) issed by the EPA to Sustainable Timbers Tasmania.

“Various environmental issues were considered in the assessment, including storm water management and sediment control, as well as noise and dust emissions,” Mr Ford said.

“These issues have been addressed by the conditions within the EPN,” he said.

The proposal was advertised for a two week period and no representations were received in relation to the permit application.

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 Sustainable Timbers Tasmania.

The decision by the EPA Director in relation to Sustainable Timber Tasmania, Kapai Quarry, Kamona, Scottsdale ​can be viewed on this website.