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EPA considers proposal for silica processing factory upgrade, Wynyard

​The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has concluded its assessment of a proposal by Tasmanian Advanced Minerals to increase production at its existing silica processing facility at Stennings Road, Wynyard.

The proposal is to increase the maximum quantity of raw silica processed from 45,000 to 60,000 cubic metres per annum. It includes installation of an additional ball mill and screens within the structure of the existing facility.

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. The Board requires these conditions to be included in any permit subsequently granted by the Waratah-Wynyard Council.

“Various environmental issues were considered in the assessment, particularly noise, dust and water quality,” said Mr Ford.

“I have determined that these issues can be managed adequately by the operator, according to the following requirements,” he said.

“Raw materials must be contained and managed onsite, noise emissions must be contained, water run-off must be settled before leaving the site, and any dust emissions from processing must be captured within the existing facility,” Mr Ford said.

No representations were received in relation to the permit application. Public consultation was open for a 14 day period from 9 February 2019.

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 the proponent and Waratah-Wynyard Council.

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