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EPA Board considers proposal for Rock Crushing facility

The EPA Board has concluded its assessment of a rock crushing facility proposed at the Huon Wood Centre near Lonnavale in the state’s south.

The proposal by Cresswells Transport Pty Ltd involves the crushing of rock to produce a maximum of 30,000 cubic metres of rock product per year.

The Chair of the EPA Board John Ramsay says the Board has decided the proposed activity is capable of being managed in an environmentally acceptable manner, with certain conditions.

"The proposal would see the rock product used as an agricultural fertilizer and in road construction," Mr. Ramsay said.

"The EPA Board gave consideration to various environmental issues, particularly in relation to noise."

"The Board’s conditions will impose day, evening and night time limits on noise emissions from the operation, and require a noise survey to be conducted soon after operations commence."

"The Board considered other issues such as dust, and stormwater management and requires that appropriate settling ponds and perimeter drains be designed and maintained," Mr. Ramsay said.

Six public representations were received in relation to the permit application.

The proposal was considered by the Board 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 EMPC Act.

The functions of the Board are to administer and enforce the provisions of the Act, and in particular to use its best endeavours to protect the environment of Tasmania, and to further the RMPS and EMPCS objectives.

The Board undertook the assessment of the proposal in accordance with the Environmental Impact Assessment Principles defined in Section 74 of the EMPC Act.

The EPA Board’s environmental assessment, including the environmental conditions that must be included in any permit, have been forwarded to the Huon Valley Council , for review of planning issues prior to making a decision as to whether a permit is to be granted.

The decision by the EPA Board can be viewed here​.