The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has concluded its assessment of a proposal by Boral Construction Materials Ltd for the Tonganah Sand Extractive Pit at Tonganah in Dorset municipality.
The activity involves extraction of up to 20,000 cubic meters of sand per annum. Sand will be screened and stockpiled on-site before being transported to customers.
The EPA Director, 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 the Dorset Council.
“Various environmental issues were considered in the assessment," said Mr Ford.
“In particular, the potential for sediment laden stormwater originating from the activity has been addressed in the EPA's conditions," he said.
“The proponent is required to manage stormwater through appropriate containment and treatment on site," Mr Ford said.
No representations were received in relation to the permit application. Public consultation was open for a 14 day period from 25 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 EMPCA.
The Director's environmental assessment report, including the environmental conditions, has been issued to Boral Construction Materials Ltd and Dorset Council for their information.
The decision by the EPA Director can be viewed on the EPA website at https://epa.tas.gov.au/assessment/assessments/boral-construction-materials-limited-tonganah-sand-extractive-pit-tonganah