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EPA considers proposal for sand quarry at Bridport

The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has concluded its assessment of a proposed sand quarry at Saltwood Road, Bridport in the Dorset municipality.

The proposal involves the extraction and screening of up to 57,000 cubic metres per annum of dune sand at the Saltwood property, Saltwood Road, Bridport.

The EPA Director, Mr Wes Ford made the determination under delegation from the EPA Board. He concluded the proposed sand quarry could be developed and managed in an environmentally sustainable and acceptable manner, with certain conditions.

"Various environmental issues were considered in the assessment, particularly the management of threatened vegetation communities and the potential for acid sulfate soils," Mr Ford said.

"Vegetation communities will be protected through the requirement to establish and maintain barriers separating the threatened communities from the operational areas of the quarry," he said.

"The proponent will also be required to develop and implement an Acid Sulfate Soil Management Plan," said Mr Ford.

No representations were received in relation to the permit application, which was referred to the Board in August 2016. Public consultation was open for a 28 day period commencing 3 September 2016.

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 the 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 EMPCA.

The Director’s environmental assessment, including the environmental conditions were forwarded to Dorset Council, and included in the permit granted on the 4 November 2016.

The decision by the EPA Director can be viewed on the EPA website at www.epa.tas.gov.au/assessment/completed-assessments