The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has concluded its assessment of a proposal by JG & EA Doddridge for an upgrade to the existing Haytons Hill Quarry in the Sorell municipality.
The proposal is to permit blasting up to twice per annum, and increase the maximum approved disturbed area to 7 hectares. No increase is proposed to the existing maximum extraction and processing limit of 40,000 cubic metres per annum.
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 Sorell Council.
“Various environmental issues were considered in the assessment, particularly natural values and noise," he said.
“The EPA requires management of these issues through a restriction of clearing, weed control, restriction of operation hours and notification to residents of blasting," said Mr Ford.
One representation was received in relation to the permit application but this contained no objection to the proposal. Public consultation was open for a 14 day period from 21 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 the 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 applicant and Sorell 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/jg-ea-doddridge-haytons-hill-quarry-wattle-hill-increase-in-production