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EPA Board considers proposal for temporary mobile asphalt plant

The EPA Board has concluded its assessment of a proposed temporary mobile asphalt plant at East Ridgley in the state’s northwest.

Fulton Hogan Industries Pty Ltd proposed the construction and operation of a mobile asphalt plant for a period of 18 months on a leased portion of private land on Circular Road, East Ridgley adjacent to the BIS Industries quarry.

The Board heard annual production volumes will be approximately 15,000 – 20,000 tonnes per year.

The Chair of the EPA Board John Ramsay says the Board has decided the proposed facility could be developed and managed in an environmentally sustainable and acceptable manner, with certain conditions.

"The Board gave consideration to various environmental issues, particularly the potential impact arising from air emissions and noise posed by the proposal," Mr. Ramsay said.

"Appropriate management of air emissions, particularly odour and dust from the plant and movement of vehicles, are required to ensure air emissions do not result in environmental nuisance at nearby sensitive receptors. Noise limits have also been placed on the activity and suitable complaints systems imposed."

"Hazardous substances are to be appropriately stored and managed on-site, an Incident Response Procedure is required to be prepared and maintained and all persons undertaking work on the site are to be familiar with the procedure and its location in the event of an incident."

Mr. Ramsay said one representation was received in relation to the permit application which was submitted in September 2014 and the representation was not supportive of the proposal.

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 Burnie City Council, for review of planning issues prior to making a decision as to whether a permit is to be granted.

The determination by the EPA Board can be viewed on the Assessment page.