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EPA considers proposal for Williams' Quarry, Campania

The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has concluded its assessment of a proposal by CA and SM Williams for Williams' Quarry, Campania in the Southern Midlands municipality.

Williams' Quarry is currently regulated as a Level 2 Activity for the extraction of up to 10,000 cubic metres of material and the crushing of up to 2,500 cubic metres material per year. This proposal is for the additional screening of 2,500 cubic metres per year using an independent mechanised screening unit, which is not covered under the existing permit.

The current permit requires that crushing must take place on five consecutive days per year, while under the proposed changes the crushing and screening would occur on any day that the quarry is permitted to operate. Under proposed changes, neighbour notification would not be required prior to any crushing and/or screening. The proposal also includes changes to the operational hours, and a relocation of part of the access road to the quarry.

The Chair of the EPA Board, Warren Jones, said that the 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 Southern Midlands Council.

“Various environmental issues were considered by the Board in its assessment, particularly noise and air emissions, and traffic impacts," Mr Jones said.

“EPA conditions for noise include imposing limits to noise emissions, the maintenance of a physical screen around the quarry working area for noise mitigation, and limits to the hours of quarry operations," he said.

“In addition, restrictions are imposed on the hours quarry vehicles can use the​ access road to minimise impacts on neighbouring properties," said Mr Jones.

The proposal was referred to the Board in September 2019. Two public representations were received in relation to the permit application. The environmental issues raised in these representations were noise and air emissions, and traffic impacts. Public consultation was open for a 28 day period from 12 October 2019.

The proposal was considered by the Board 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 Board 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 Board undertook the assessment of the proposal in accordance with the Environmental Impact Assessment Principles defined in Section 74 of EMPCA.

The Board's environmental assessment report, including the environmental conditions, has been issued to the applicant and Southern Midlands Council.

The decision by the EPA Board in relation to C A and S M Williams, Williams' Quarry, Campania​ can be viewed on this website.