The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has concluded its assessment of a proposed quarry by Railton Agricultural Lime Pty Ltd at Youngmans Rd, Railton in the Kentish Council's municipality.
The proposal includes extracting and processing up to 40,000 cubic metres of limestone rock per year. Four to five blasts will be undertaken each year to extract the rock, which will then be crushed and screened for transport to external clients.
EPA Director, Mr Wes Ford made the determination under delegation from the EPA Board. He concluded the proposed quarry 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 Kentish Council.
“Various environmental issues were considered by the Board in its assessment, particularly the potential impacts to surface water and karst as well as noise and dust emissions," Mr Ford said.
“Standard quarry noise, dust and surface water conditions have been imposed on the activity, which must operate in accordance with the Karst Management Plan," he said.
“In the event that a void of two metres or greater is encountered, works must stop and the company must contact the EPA for further advice," said Mr Ford.
Public consultation was open for a 14-day period commencing 19 September 2020, and eight representations were received. The issues raised in these representations were related to noise, dust and road safety.
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 (EMPCA).
The functions of the EPA are to administer and enforce the provisions of EMPCA, 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 EMPCA.
The Director's environmental assessment, including the environmental conditions that must be included in any permit, have been forwarded to Kentish Council, for review of planning issues prior to making a decision as to whether a permit is to be granted.
The decision in relation to Railton Agricultural Lime Pty Ltd, Youngmans Road Quarry, Railton can be viewed on this website.