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EPA considers proposal for tyre recycling facility at Bridgewater

The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has concluded its assessment of a proposed tyre recycling and disposal facility at 3 Weily Park Road, Bridgwater in the Brighton municipality.

The proposal by Barwicks Landscape Supplies Pty Ltd involves the storage of end of life tyres, the use of a mobile shredder to shred up to 300,000 of the tyres (3000 tonnes) per annum, and the transporting of tyres offsite for disposal.

The EPA Director, Wes Ford, who made the determination under delegation from the EPA Board, concluded the proposed materials handling facility could be developed and 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 Brighton Council.

Mr Ford said that no representations were received in relation to the permit application, which was referred to the Board in April 2016, following a 14 day period of public consultation, which commenced 16 April 2016.

"Various environmental issues were considered in the assessment, particularly the fire management and noise," he said.

"The proponent will be required to prepare in consultation with the Tasmania Fire Service a Fire Response Plan for my approval and the activity must be managed in accordance with the plan.

"The assessment identified the shredder as a key noise emitter, hence noise attenuation measures have been proposed that are expected to minimise any potential for environmental nuisance at nearby businesses," he said.

"However, a noise survey will be required, post commencement of operation, to ensure that noise levels are appropriate," said Mr Ford.

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 the EMPCA.

The Director’s environmental assessment, including the environmental conditions that must be included in any permit, have been forwarded to Brighton 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 www.epa.tas.gov.au/assessment/completed-assessments