The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has concluded its assessment of a proposal by Treloar Transport Co for quarry upgrades at Dunorlan in the Meander Valley municipality.
The proposal is to increase the use of two existing quarries co-located at Punches Terror, Dunorlan, and involves the extraction of chert-conglomerate material at a rate of up to 20,000 cubic metres per year. Drilling and blasting operations are expected to occur about twice each year.
The EPA Director, Mr Wes Ford, who made the determination under delegation from the EPA Board, 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 Meander Valley Council.
“Various environmental issues were considered by me under delegation from the Board in my assessment, particularly noise from drilling and blasting operations," Mr Ford said.
“Conditions have been imposed to confine drilling and blasting to specific hours from Monday to Friday, and to ensure emissions from drilling and blasting, such as noise, comply with specified limits.
“Quarry operations, including crushing and screening of material, must also comply with specified noise limits, and take place within specified operating hours."
One representation was received in relation to the permit application, which was referred to the Board in March 2018. The environmental issues raised in the representation were dust, noise and potential blast impacts. Public consultation was open for a 28 day period commencing 24 March 2018.
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 EMPC Act.
The functions of the EPA are to administer and enforce the provisions of the EMPC Act, and in particular to use its best endeavours to protect the environment of Tasmania, and to further the RMPS and EMPCS objectives.
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, including the environmental conditions that must be included in any permit, have been forwarded to Meander Valley Council, for review of planning issues prior to making a decision as to whether a permit is to be granted.
The decision by the EPA Director can be viewed on the EPA website at http://epa.tas.gov.au/assessment/completed-assessments