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EPA Board considers Hardrock Coal mining proposal

A proposal to develop an underground coal mine in Tasmania’s Fingal Valley has been considered by the EPA Board.

The coal mine would be situated off Valley Rd, approximately five kilometres southeast of Fingal.

At its peak, the proponents expect the mine to yield up to one million tonnes of coal per annum, with a forecast life of about 15 years.

EPA Board Chair John Ramsay says the proposal was put forward by Hardrock Coal Mining Pty Ltd.

"The proponent lodged a Development Application with a supporting Development Proposal and Environmental Management Plan (DPEMP) with the Break O’Day Council," Mr Ramsay said.

The EPA Director also requested a Supplement to the DPEMP to address a number of concerns raised during public consultation.

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 Break O’Day Council. The Council will review the planning considerations before deciding whether to grant a permit.

More information, including the DPEMP, DPEMP Supplement and the assessment report, is available here​.