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EPA Board considers BCD Resources NL gold mine proposal

A proposal to develop an open cut gold mine near Moina in the state’s north-west has been considered by the EPA Board.

The mine would be situated in an area of historical mine workings and eucalypt plantations managed by Forestry Tasmania.

The proposed mine would see gold bearing ore excavated and transported to the BCD Resources (Operations) NL processing facility at Beaconsfield.

Mining is expected to occur over a period of several months. EPA Board Chair John Ramsay says the proposal was put forward by BCD Resources NL.

Mr. Ramsay said after careful consideration, the Board has concluded that the proposal is capable of being managed in an environmentally acceptable manner, provided that environmental permit conditions are imposed and complied with.

"The Board considered the evaluation of environmental issues associated with the proposal in the draft Environmental Assessment Report," Mr. Ramsay said.

"The Board has imposed conditions to protect water quality, flora and fauna and to limit nuisance noise and dust from traffic movements associated with the project."

Mr. Ramsay said the Board noted that four public submissions were received during the 28 day public consultation period.

BCD Resources NL lodged a Development Application with a supporting Development Proposal and Environmental Management Plan (DPEMP) to the Kentish Council.

The application was referred to the Board of the Environment Protection Authority (the Board) for assessment under the Environmental Management and Pollution Control Act 1994 (EMPCA).

The Board’s environmental assessment, including conditions, has been forwarded to the Kentish Council. The Council will review the planning considerations before deciding whether to grant a permit.

More information will be available on the Assessment page.