The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has concluded its assessment of a proposal by Wacks Crushing Pty Ltd for West Mooreville Quarry in Burnie municipality.
The proposal is to extract, crush and screen up to 20,000 cubic metres of rock and gravel per annum, with blasting to be undertaken approximately once per year.
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 Burnie City Council.
“Various environmental issues were considered in the assessment, particularly noise and natural values impacts,” he said.
“The EPA has imposed conditions to prescribe noise limits, monitor noise and vibration emitted by the activity, and to limit clearing and disturbance,” said Mr Ford.
Public consultation was open for a 28 day period from 26 January 2019. No representations were received in relation to the permit application.
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 applicant and Burnie City Council for their information.
The decision by the EPA Director can be viewed at: www.epa.tas.gov.au/assessment/assessments/wacks-crushing-pty-ltd-west-mooreville-quarry-west-mooreville