Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has concluded its assessment of a
proposal by Southern Waste Solutions to construct and operate a wetlands
leachate treatment system trial at Copping Landfill in the Sorell municipality.
proposal involves construction and short term operation of a wetland and
biofilter system, designed to assess how effective the technology will be for
treating leachate from the category B cell at Copping Landfill. The trial is
expected to last 12-18 months.
EPA Director, Wes Ford, who made the determination under delegation from the
EPA Board, 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 Sorell Council.
environmental issues were considered in the assessment, particularly management
of leachate,” said Mr Ford.
system has been designed not to discharge to the environment and this has been
made a condition of any permit granted,” he said.
management measures must also be implemented to prevent any discharge from
overflow of the system to the environment,” Mr Ford said.
representations were received in relation to the permit application. Public
consultation was open for a 16 day period from 1 December 2018.
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).
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.
Director undertook the assessment of the proposal in accordance with the
Environmental Impact Assessment Principles defined in Section 74 of the Act.
Director’s environmental assessment report, including the environmental
conditions, has been issued to the applicant and the Sorell Council for their
decision by the EPA Director can be viewed on the Completed Assessments page.