The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has concluded its assessment of a proposal by Kentish Construction Pty Ltd (trading as Treloar Transport) in Kentish municipality.
The proposal is to increase annual maximum production at the existing Moina Quarry, located adjacent to Cradle Mountain Road, to 20,000 cubic metres. The activity includes excavation, crushing, and screening, with blasting to be undertaken approximately twice a year.
The EPA Director, Wes Ford made the determination under delegation from the EPA Board. He concluded the proposed development can 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 Kentish Council.
“Various environmental issues were considered by the Board in its assessment, particularly water quality, noise and weed and disease management," Mr Ford said.
“Conditions have been imposed which require water on the site to be directed and captured," he said.
“There are also prescribed limits for noise, and for ongoing pathogen treatment and hygiene protocols," said Mr Ford.
No representations were received in relation to the permit application. Public consultation was open for a 14 day period from 5 October 2019.
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 proponent and Kentish Council.
The decision by the EPA Director can be viewed on the EPA website at https://epa.tas.gov.au/assessment/assessments/kentish-construction-pty-ltd-trading-as-treloar-transport-moina-quarry-upgrade-moina