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EPA considers proposal to upgrade Tylers Quarry, Strathblane

The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has concluded its assessment of a proposal by Huon Valley Council for an upgrade of Tylers Quarry, Strathblane in the Huon Valley municipality.

The proposal involves increasing the operation of the existing Tylers Quarry to extract, crush and screen up to 10,000 cubic metres per annum. The process involves excavating rock from the quarry, which will be stockpiled before a portion is periodically crushed and screened on a campaign style basis. The material will be stockpiled onsite before being transported offsite when required.

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 the Huon Valley Council.

“Various environmental issues were considered in the assessment, particularly natural values, noise, and management of surface water,” said Mr Ford.

“These issues will be addressed through conditions which require surveys prior to future clearing, specified operating hours, and stormwater and settling pond management,” Mr Ford said.

Four representations were received in relation to the proposal. The environmental issues raised in these representations were related to noise. Public consultation was open for a 14 day period from 24 June 2018.

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 (EMCPA).

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 the Act.

The Director’s environmental assessment report, including the environmental conditions, has been issued to the Huon Valley 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/huon-valley-council-tylers-quarry-upgrade-strathblane